“I do not expect to be a mother, but I do expect to die alone.”

Olek at Tony’s Gallery, London

Agata Olek, a Polish born artist who uses crochet to create 3d sculpture, recently held her first UK installation at Tony’s Gallery in Shoreditch. The small space was filled with bedroom furniture completely covered in Olek’s crochet, complete with floor and walls creating a surreal, bright coloured world. Olek uses snippets from personal emails and SMS messages worked into the crochet surfaces, creating a personal story as you look through the room. Everywhere you can see is covered in this neon bright yarn patterned in her personal camouflage style, which when also combined with the modern colloquial text in the messages decorating the coverings, challenges the traditional concept of crochet and fiber art.

it is not just another apartment installation; it is the reflection of life, love, trust and lust in current times. it is the progression of
my life as a woman, as a female artist put together through text messages, emails and personal objects and experiences…
blood, sweat and tears and cum camouflaged with the sparkle of my colourful cheeky humour, as we all do when carrying
on with our lives
.’ -Agata Olek

‘I do not expect to be a mother, but I do expect to die alone’ finished this week, but there will be more to come from Olek in the future.