Jan Karski


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  • As an artist I have made it my duty and mission to draw attention to various issues around the world that are crucial to me; humanitarian causes, women's right, sexual equality, freedom of expression. My general practice is to highlight everyday objects and give them new and profound meaning by dressing them in colorful, intricate crochet. With every piece I create I aim to display my solidarity with those who are oppressed worldwide. My art tends to triggers dialogue, as well as, encourages a deeper awareness of people's everyday struggles. The broad appeal of my work invariably sparks second thought, even awe, by being accessible and playful. I accepted the invitation from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York to transform the "Jan Karski bench" because I felt that Mr. Karski's life and accomplishments should be revisited. By dressing this important piece of public art in a new skin, which was crocheted on location, I hope to spark people's curiosity as to who the "crocheted" man was, and highlight the heroic actions of this great Pole who risked his life to, among other things, tell the world about the atrocities of World War II. I am honored to be part of this large-scale promotion of Jan Karski, a man whose actions and achievements should never be forgotten.
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