isn’t the imagination more important than knowledge?, 2020
I rarely think in words. A thought comes, and I express it in unheard sounds and unseen colors. Are we human?! Don’t ever ask a bird, 'How do you fly?' In stillness I found my true self. I crochet moments so they will last forever. It’s not patience, it’s passion. The things you discover when you stop running. Trust the vibration of your soul. The light at the end of the tunnel is not an illusion. The tunnel is. My art is the paradise. I might never try to express it in words. You are the creation of my mind. Stay hungry. Stay foolish. We are one.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Art and life are inseparable.
Olek was born Agata Oleksiak, in 1978, in a communist Poland. They grew up in a place that was very stingy with possibilities and granted them no eccentricities. Olek graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland with a degree in cultural studies. In New York, they rediscovered their ability to crochet, in 2004 Holland Cotter described their installation as “a tour-de-force”, and since then they have started their crocheted madness.
Olek is a two-spirit person; a child of the witches they did not burn; a failed art critic and a self-taught artist. All art is a self portrait. What is coming is better what is gone. Appearances can be deceiving. Art is to the spirit what food is to the body and what sex is to the species. Art is what keeps spirit alive.
Where you have come from is why you are going places. We are a soul.
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