Today I Am What You Want Me To Be
2010 Turner Galleries Perth WA
Olga mused that she feels
“as if each blanket hides the past owner’s desires, history and era. Somehow it can represent a culture and society depending on the weave, wool blend, brand or pattern... To cut up blankets into little pieces is like cutting into the flesh of the people who laid beneath the warmth of them… The nature of blankets keeps one warm and at the same time receives bodily fluids and hairs like a lover. Blankets smell of people, they are stained, torn, burned and pierced to reveal holes over time… The process of stitching and stretching the woollen blanket over domestic objects such as furniture is a cathartic experience. I imagine similar to that of embalming. The act of covering, hiding and stitching is like redefining the object’s use, it can be both an act of protection and at the same time an act of suffocation.” (source: Turner Galleries website).