By Olga Bezanson
65 (H) x 18 (W) x 16 (D)cm
Unique work, 2018
About Olga Bezanson
Born in Belarus in 1990, artist Olga Bezanson lives and works in Barcelona. Originally studying architecture in Lithuania, she moved to Spain in 2014 to get her master’s at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB). Inspired by a rich textile heritage of Catalonia and creative spirit of the region, Olga decided to stay in Barcelona and try her hand at fiber art. Starting with a flat tapestry, she soon moved on to volumes and fiber sculptures. Textile and fiber artworks by famous Catalan artists such as Aurèlia Muñoz, Joan Miró, Josep Grau-Garriga and Antoni Tàpies strongly influenced Olga’s development as a fiber artist. Today Olga’s work is a combination of old textile practices with their new reading.
These incredibly tactile materials underline impermanence of works, their vulnerability and sensibility – the same topics the artist raises and explores through her art. Materials such as fiber and textile are associated with softness, inconstancy and warmth (while sculpture, in the traditional sense of the word, is something cold, solid and permanent). In Olga’s work, soft materials play an important role. They serve her as a means of expressing her feelings and emotions more fully as these materials possess human qualities mentioned above.
“When we feel vulnerable, we build a wall between us and the world. We hide our thoughts and feelings behind the wall in fear of being unloved, misunderstood, rejected. But what if one day we were able to open ourselves up to this world? What if we were able to meet our vulnerability instead of escaping from it? Vulnerability represents a hanging cocoon, its form is inspired by nature.”