Olek is a Polish born, New York-based artist which works include sculptures and installations such as crocheted bicycles, inflatables, and fibre art. It’s a time consuming process: “The preparation takes forever,” she says in our video below. “I have to sit in my studio and crochet all those pieces.”
Olek, whose previous projects include full body ‘wearable sculptures’ and a crocheted grapefruit, has just completed her biggest piece to date. It’s in her home town of Lodz, where she worked around the clock for two days with four assistants to cover an old Px48 steam locomotive, plus carriages in yarn.
The work, called Deadly Romance, because, as she says “I love it but it but it almost killed me!” is on display until August 19 and pays tribute to Polish poet Julian Tuwim, whose poem The Locomotive is much cherished in Poland.
“We all know this particular poem about the Locomotive by Tuwim. It is probably one of the first things I had to memorise so it’s nice to come back to Poland to be able to create such a powerful piece.”