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Mixed Media Assemblages by Olga de Klein

A mixed media assemblage with a torn piece of sheet musicIn Between, mixed media on wood

Olga de Klein is originally from the Netherlands, and currently resides in Tennessee. Olga’s recent works frequently take the form of mixed media assemblages using everything from found objects to drawing and painting techniques.


A mixed media work with a grid pattern of fabric and other materialCross Roads, mixed media on wood


Each work in Olga’s gallery of recent creations seems dense with narrative and concept. Old photographs, bits of string and yarn, and musical notes combine in many works to create objects that seem lost in time, imbued with a deep but cryptic meaning that the audience is tasked with unravelling. I like the way Olga allows materials to hang down from each work in the series – strings and ribbons continue for several inches after the hard substrate ends, creating a look that echoes drips of paint on an easel.


A photo of a yarn bombing by Olga de KleinTN Aquarium 2012, yarn cozies wrapped around trees

Olga also creates public artwork, in the form of “yarn-bombing.” She wraps trees and architectural elements in hand-knitted tubes and strips of yarn. The brightly-colored knitted strips have a cobbled-together look that suggests passed-down craftsmanship, contrasting happily with the natural forms of trees or the hard corners of building pillars. 


A screen capture of the front page of Olga de Klein's art

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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