Erotica

Leah Emery Cross Stitches Hardcore Imagery

July 01, 2015

Brisbane-based Leah Emery was working for a video game developer when some explicitly pornographic spam kept skipping past her email filters. She was drawn to it, but wasn't sure how she wanted to incorporate it into her art until she decided to start experimenting with cross stitching, a medium unfamiliar to her at the time. She decided to combine the two and has, since then, been embroidering images of hard core pornography. Cross stitching offers a pixellated aesthetic, contrasting this low-tech medium with the pixellations of computers, the typical conduit for contemporary pornography.

"I just like the idea of contributing to a healthy sexual debate," says Emery. "I think we could all have a much healthier understanding and approach to topics of a sexual nature if we talk about it a little bit more."

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