Carpet - Runner
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Olga Wolniak

Carpet - Runner

1999 / oil, canvas / 100 x 100 cm / no. 0026 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0    Wróć

“Everything can be an inspiration, and in my case it was artistic handicraft, all kinds of textiles,” explains Olga Wolniak. “I realised that carpet weaving was done exclusively by women, as was embroidery or lacework. I decided to portray the seemingly prosaic work of the female hands, and not only because of the great beauty of the products. I wanted to elevate their effort to a higher level – the level of a piece of art. Reproducing the carpet motifs, I began to reflect on their significance. They had become so deeply embedded in culture, though, that we usually don’t notice them,” says the artist. Her pieces are like painted adages or dictums, their purpose being to awaken the viewer’s sensitivity to the play of signs and symbols.

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