Olga and her blanket, 2015 by Katherine Griffiths

image of Olga and her blanket 2015 by Katherine Griffiths

Artist's statement

Olga Horak OAM is a survivor, in every sense of the word. Despite living through the Holocaust, she is the epitome of elegance and style. Photographed in one of the many dresses she has designed and made for herself, Olga maintains that age is no excuse to stop looking your best. Here she holds a blanket that was woven using the hair of Jewish prisoners who had their heads shaven as they entered Auschwitz. The blanket covered Olga’s skeletal frame on the day of liberation. The contrast between the two garments and the two lives is a striking one.