If ever there was evidence that crochet is becoming “hip” again, look no further than the Smithsonian American Art Museum! Just step into their Renwick Gallery and look at the 40 Under 40: Craft Futures exhibit and you’ll see forty artists born since 1972 with their own modern artwork created since September 11, 2001.
One particular exhibit of note is by Olek, a crochet artist well known for her crazy designs and for yarn bombing wherever she goes. Her exhibit is her crocheted apartment pictured above. Just imagine all of the time that must have taken this Polish artist. Here’s her statement about what crochet means to her:
“A loop after a loop. Hour after hour my madness becomes crochet. Life and art are inseparable. The movies I watch while crocheting influence my work, and my work dictates the films I select. I crochet everything that enters my space. Sometimes it’s a text message, a medical report, found objects. There is the unraveling, the ephemeral part of my work that never lets me forget about the limited life of the art object and art concept. What do I intend to reveal? You have to pull the end of theyarn and unravel the story behind the crochet.
My work changes from place to place. I studied the science of culture. With a miner’s work ethic, I long to delve deeper and deeper into my investigations. My art was a development that took me away from industrial, close-minded Silesia, Poland. It has always sought to bring color and life, energy, and surprise to the living space. My goal is to produce new work and share it with the public. I intend to take advantage of living in NYC with various neighborhoods and, with my actions, create a feedback to the economic and social reality in our community.”
If you happen to be visiting Washington, DC, definitely give this exhibit a look. The exhibit lasts until February 3, 2013.