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Iviva Olenick

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Brooklyn, NY

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Lives in

Works in
Brooklyn, Manhattan


SUNY Binghamton, 1997, BA
FIT/CUNY New York, 2006, AAS

Representing galleries

Embroidery, textile, fabric, dye, weaving, 2d and 3d, sculpture, mixed-media, conceptual, Illustration


Through my current body of work, Native/Immigrant City, I transpose interviews with friends and acquaintances about adjusting to constantly evolving demands and neighborhoods in New York City, into handheld sculptures. I paint subjects onto fabric, and cut around front and back views of figures. As I stitch front and back pieces together, adding stuffing as I stitch, I listen to recorded interviews, selecting what I consider to be subjects' most salient comments. I embroider these onto my handheld fabric dolls. In some cases, I make accompanying stop motion animations, emphasizing the comments that most ring true to me.

In a related project, Selfie Sometimes, I maintain an online conversation between Selfie, a life-sized fabric doll modeled after my body, and @YrImaginaryDog, her stuffed, fabric dog. Selfie and @YrImaginaryDog are fabric sculptures and voices on Twitter. Selfie laments the challenges of being a single Brooklynite and artist, and @YrImaginaryDog offers advice. I embroider select tweets on their fabric bodies, turning some of these into stop motion animations of stitch-by-stitch frames.

Recent Exhibits

Iviva Olenick participated in these exhibits:

May, 2016 Dissilience Brooklyn
Feb, 2014 Stitch Fetish 2
The Hive Gallery & Studios
Dec, 2013 Be Good for Goodness Sake
Muriel Guepin Gallery
Nov, 2012 2012 Annual Juried Affordable Art Exhibition
Art Connects New York
Nov, 2012 Art From the Boros
Denise Bibro Fine Art
Oct, 2012 To be considered...
Muriel Guepin Gallery
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