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Iviva Olenick
Brooklyn, NY

Wears His Heart on His Sweater
Embroidery thread and colored pencil on fabric
8.25" x 5.25"


I'm Tellin' You
Embroidery thread on fabric
8.5" x 5" x 0.75"


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.

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Iviva Olenick's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts

Threads: Interweaving Textu[r]al Meaning
 Organized by: Lois Morrison, Artist and Independent Curator; and Alexander Campos, Executive Director of The Center for Book Arts.
Were I so Besotted series
(2008) Embroidery on fabric

1. Creative Chameleon, 2008
2. Dream of the Perfect Man, 2008
3. Greenpoint, 2008
4. Play, 2007
5. The Men Who Want to Meet Me, 2008
6. Wears His Heart on His Sweater, 2007

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