Iviva OlenickBrooklyn, NY
Through small-scale, narrative, hand-embroidered artwork, I explore the relationship between memory and identity, creating a context for my most personal and sometimes haunting experiences. The process of hand stitching is contemplative, slow, and deliberate, and helps to unhinge memories and insights about past and recent events. It also conveys a sense of intimacy.
Among my current projects is an exploration of dating relationships in contemporary, urban environments. Through casual conversations with friends and acquaintances, and through in-depth email exchanges with friends, family members and former boyfriends, I am seeking to document, catalogue, and better understand the patterns in how we mate, inter-relate, and search for companionship in this age of technological interconnectedness. The result is a collection of anecdotes in the form of a fabric book, "Were I So Besotted." The pages, approximately 5.5" x 8.5" each, with hand-embroidered images and text, are designed to be viewed as a wall-mounted installation, and need not be read chronologically. Together, these anecdotes illustrate a sense of displacement, awkwardness, and vulnerability.
You can also visit my blog: http://wereisobesotted.blogspot.com
Threads: Interweaving Textu[r]al Meaning