Jem Olsen – Textile Art – Blanket circa 2020
It is estimated that at the height of the covid pandemic, three million disposable face masks were used every minute (Science Daily, 10 March 2021). Referencing the make-do approach of traditional patchwork quilting, Blanket circa 2020 is created from twenty disposable, discarded face masks and other items collected over the last few years; items that once provided physical security against infection as well as acting as a visible symbol of this. Whilst manufactured as disposable medical waste, this work deliberately repurposes these materials in a way reminiscent of how scrap fabrics were revered and reused in previous generations.
Artwork title: Blanket circa 2020
Artist name: Jem Olsen
Medium: Patchwork quilting using disposable face masks and medical garments
Dimensions: 82.5 x 60cm (Height x Width)
Weight: 250 grams