"Incantation for America" Limited Edition Throw
This one-of-a-kind, exclusive to The Nation tapestry throw features the compelling artwork of Brooklyn-based Iviva Olenick, whose textile work has appeared in The Nation's OppArt feature.
Made in the USA, this limited edition (only 100 made!) tapestry throw features these powerful words:
“Make America safe again. America, save us from ourselves. America, I elect to love you in this moment of extraordinary need. America, absolve us of our uncertainty and fears. America, make us safe again and indivisible, united, under myriad beliefs, with liberty and justice for all.”
This tapestry is ideal for home or office, or wear it proudly when protesting and standing up for social justice and equality.
50"x60". 100% cotton.
About the artist: Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-born and based artist working at the intersection of craft, language and history. Her textile paintings and sculptures have been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally at venues including the Old Stone House, Brooklyn, NY; Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn, NY, where she was 2017–18 Artist in Residence; the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling, NYC; the Center for Book Arts, NYC; Museum of Design Atlanta, GA; the Hunterdon Museum, NJ, among others. Muriel Guepin Gallery, NYC represents several of her bodies of work. Iviva holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature/Psychology from Binghamton University and an A.A.S. in Textile/Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is on the faculty of the MFA Art Practice Program of the School of Visual Arts, and is a Teaching Artist for the New Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC.
Artist statement: Iviva Olenick engages textiles materially, linguistically, historically, agriculturally. Through embroidery, beading, weaving, crochet and natural dyeing, she recontextualizes familial, local and national written and oral histories and myths, emphasizing overlooked or omitted voices. She created Incantation shortly after the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, entreating all U.S. citizens, residents, voters to engage introspection, responsibility and kindness in a tumultuous, psychologically disruptive time. Iviva recited Incantation as a poem at the Queens Museum's 2017 Readings on Peace in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Incantation sparked the start of a series of flags, Ascent/Dissent: Flags for Peace and Unity, which can be viewed on her website.
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