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Iviva Olenick

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Tree House Canopy, Brooklyn Family, 2014 Soft Sculpture: Fabric With Watercolor Paint, Stiffener, Stuffing, Stitching, Embroidery 14" X 8" X 6"
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Subway Fashionista, 2014 Soft Sculpture: Fabric With Watercolor Paint, Stiffener, Stuffing, Stitching, Embroidery 8.25" X 2" X 1"
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From Russia to Brooklyn to Russia, 2014 Soft Sculptures With Paint on Fabric, Stiffener, Stuffing, Stitching, Embroidery 8.5″ X 5″ X 2″
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We Carry Our Homes on Our Backs, Our Laps. , 2014 Paint on Fabric With Stiffener, Stuffing, Embroidery. 5″ X 8″ X 3″
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I Don't Belong Here, There Anywhere, 2015 Installation View of Soft Sculpture With Projection of Stop Motion Animation Installation Size: 20 Feet X 16 Feet. Sculpture:
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Art Opening Hijinks, 2015 Installation View of Fabric Sculpture With Projection of Stop Motion Animation 20" X 18" X 8"
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Art Opening Hijinks, (sculpture only), 2014 Soft Sculpture With Paint on Fabric, Stiffener, Stuffing, Stitching, Embroidery 8″ X 5″ X 2.5″
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He Stepped in a Pool of Red Paint, 2014 Fabric Sculpture With Paint on Fabric, Stiffener, Stuffing, Stitching, Embroidery 8″ X 5″ X 4″
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Brooklyn Stripes, 2015 Soft Sculpture With Paint on Fabric, Stiffener, Stuffing, Stitching, Embroidery 8" X 2.25" X 1.25"
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Selfie Sometimes, 2015 Installation View of Fabric Sculptures, Selfie and @YrImaginaryDog With Selfie Watching Stop Motion Animation of Embroidery Appearing on Her Body. Variable
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Selfie, 2014-2015 Soft Sculpture: Paint and Marker on Fabric With Stitching, Stuffing, Embroidery 59" X 24" X 8"
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Selfie with @YrImaginaryDog, 2014-2015 Soft Sculptures: Paint and Marker on Fabric With Stuffing, Stitching, Embroidery 59" X 24" X 10"
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Selfie's iPhone, 2015 Soft Sculpture: Stitched, Stuffed and Embroidered Fabric 7.5" X 3" X 1.5"
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Subverting the Pattern, 2013 Watercolor Painting With Embroidery and Poetry 15.25 X 18.5 © Iviva Olenick
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IRL/URL, 2013 Watercolor Painting With Hand Embroidery 7.5" X 4.5"
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Selfie aka love in the iPhone era, 2013 Embroidery and Watercolor on Fabric 6.75" X 4.75"
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What I Can Glean from Facebook, 2013 Embroidery and Watercolor Painting 10.75" X 7.5" © Iviva Olenick
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Brooklyn, NY
Birth year
1975
Lives in
Brooklyn
Works in
Brooklyn, Manhattan
Schools
SUNY Binghamton, 1997, BA
Fashion Institute of Technology (NY)
Representing galleries
Tags
textile, Embroidery, fabric, dye, weaving, 2d and 3d, sculpture, mixed-media, conceptual, Illustration
Statement

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.