Artist covers objects and people in wool
1. A plane comes in to land over a person covered in crocheted yarn on a beach on St Martin in the Caribbean. Polish-born artist Olek has created wacky crocheted and knitted artworks around the world.
2. Olek, real name Agata Oleksiak, says the intensive nature of her work often finds herself alone for days. “I feel like somebody, or rather something glued the hook with crazy clue to my fingers. A loop after a loop. Hour after hour my madness becomes crochet. Life and art are inseparable.”
3. Olek exhibits in galleries but also performs guerrilla ‘yarnbombing’ actions such as on Antony Gormley’s beach sculptures in Liverpool.
4. Olek will celebrate her decade of crochet art in an exhibition starting 20 July 2012 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC.
5. Olek and a model pose in her Homage to Keith Haring 2011, produced during a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency at Workspace, New York
6. Where the wild things are (my grandmother’s house), 2012, Poland
7. Performers sit on crocheted excavators during the Katowice Street Art Festival, Poland, April 2012
8. Catch me if you can, St Martin, Caribbean, 2011
9. ‘Yarnbomber’ graffiti knit artist Agata Oleksiak poses with her digger covered in yarn, in Katowice, Poland
10. Gato Negro, Gato Blanco, 2012, Barcelona, Spain