Iviva Olenick

Category: About Iviva

  • Artist Statement, 2017

        I exploit the (assumed) delicacy and domesticity of beading, embroidery and crochet to emphasize resilience, flexibility and adaptability. Textiles signify/serve as body and voice, filling in for bodies and voices absent from historical accounts; quietened/silenced in our daily lives; held aloft yet silent as secrets in families. Gaps in narratives beg to surface […]

  • About Iviva

    I first learned how to sew in kindergarden. The teacher’s assistant gave us needles, thread, buttons and socks. I guess we were making sock puppets. All I remember is that sewing stuck with me, embedded in my hands. I didn’t start incorporating embroidery and stitching into artwork until 2002. This was a transitional time in the […]