Juxtapoz // Monday, September 08, 2014
David R. Harper embroiders of taxidermied animals and on prints of 18th century paintings. The embroidered portraits of people on animal skins plays on one of the "traiditional roles of portraiture which was to immortalize and elevate the subject through artistic representation – just as the trophy from a hunting excursion might be a bear skin rug or a rack of antlers. These images of anonymous, Victorian-era men and women imply an emotional distance that allows the artist to poke at the slippery slope where nature and culture meet."
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 14, 2014
“Through the creation of stylized fictional situations, I imagine stories of embodiment, beauty, eroticism, personality, fear, and resignation within a collapsing fantasy. I give myself the license and responsibility to depict precarious desires that chase idealized bodies, the picturesque landscape or garden, luxury, high fashion, and generalized narratives of history and role-play. Decadence, by its very nature, is too much, so the fantasy exposes itself or becomes empty. Whether due to a liberated, idiosyncratic sexuality, or as a result of a sick internalization of the male gaze, repression, and social conditioning, for me, a female heterosexuality is constructed in relation to images of women. My project moves between these spaces of liberation and possession, in terms of sexuality as well as material desires.”
Juxtapoz // Monday, July 07, 2014
California- based artist Lauren DiCioccio uses needle, thread, and cotton muslin to "mummify" newspapers. The newspaper's photographs and portraits are punctured and woven with pockets of color, bringing her own style and life to aspects of each picture. "The dedious handiwork and obsessive care I employ to create my work aims to remind the viewer of these simple but intimate pieces of everyday life and to provoke a pang of nostalgia for the familiar physicality of these objects."
Juxtapoz // Friday, January 24, 2014
For many years Melissa Zexter has combined the slow and meditative process of hand-sewn embroidery with the technologically more immediate medium of photography. Her portraits and figurative work explore identity and representations of femininity.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 09, 2013
We haven't checked in with the work of Caroline Hwang in quite some time, and we just noticed she has been creating these fantastic embroidery illustrations recently. The Brooklyn-based artist has been doing work for the NY Times, New York Magazine, RVCA, and Starbucks in Taiwan... which means that Starbucks in Taiwan is up to some good stuff.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 04, 2013
We have posted the work of Ana Teresa Barboza before and came across some more of her embroidery art this morning. Her combination of embroidery and mixed media makes for an almost 3D experience!
Juxtapoz // Friday, August 09, 2013
Salt Lake City-based artist Stephanie Clark paints with thread. "The process of transforming string into art struck me as something visually stimulating with complexity." Referring to it as her "way down the rabbit hole," Clark has created a system of sweing the threads in a sequence that ultimately "gives the illusion of a certain vaule or color. The direction in which the threads are sewn mimic the way the lines are layred in a drawing to give the hint of depth, volume, and form."
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
This morning we take a look at Italian artist, Maurizio Anzeri, who embroiders elaborate patterns upon found photographs, crating a beautiful combination of vintage and contemporary style. "The antique appearance of the photographs is often at odds with the sharp lines and silky shimmer of the threads. The combined media gives the effect of a dimension where history and future converge."
Illustration // Thursday, July 18, 2013
Reena Makwana produces illustrations using embroidery, objects, drawings and print. The subject matter of her embroidered works include everything from vignettes of everyday life to portraits of sci fi heroines. She also runs a project called 'Nest Gallery', which involves creating projects and events aimed at showcasing the work of female artists.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Indonesian artist Eko Nugrho's work is grounded in both local traditions and global pop culture. The influence of traditional Indonesian batik and embroidery styles is combined with heavy influences from contemporary street art, graffiti and comics. Eko works in a variety of media including murals, sculpture, animation, and tapestry. He currently resides in Yogyakarta, one of the country's major art centers.