Iviva Olenick

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Artwork
Turn Towards Me. embroidery on fabric. 2010. 5" X 9". From "Were I So Besotted" series.
Invisible Wife. Embroidery on fabric. 2010. 5" X 9.25". From "Were I So Besotted" series.
Be My Home. Embroidery on fabric. 2009. 6" X 8.75". From "Were I So Besotted" series.
After Sol LeWitt. embroidery on ink jet print on fabric. 2009. Part of FiberGraf: original image - Jon Baker; embroidery - Iviva
Blending Mode. embroidery on ink jet print on fabric. Part of FiberGraf: original image - Jon Baker; embroidery - Iviva
Iviva
Olenick
Artist's Statement

I think of my work as an embroidered blog: I use fabric, thread, applique and hand embroidery to create small-scale pieces with text and illustrations. Through my work, I comment on contemporary urban culture. I obsess over the anything-goes nature of New York City/Brooklyn dating ("Were I So Besotted"); make portraits of and stories about people I observe on the subway; and create embroidered graffiti (FiberGraf) in collaboration with graffiti artist, Jon Baker. Actual web logs accompany my embroidered blogs: http://wereisobesotted.blogspot.com, and http://fibergraf.blogspot.com.

Bio/Resume

I am a Brooklyn-based fiber artist, embroidery/art teacher, and textile designer. I am currently represented by Muriel Guepin Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. I teach embroidery as a drawing, illustration, and narrative tool at Pratt Center for Continuing and Professional Studies in Manhattan, at Etsy at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn, and at the Textile Art Center of New York in Brooklyn. I have a BA in French Language and Literature/Psychology from Binghamton University, SUNY, and an AAS in Textile/Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.