London based Maurizio Anzeri makes his portraits by sewing directly into found vintage photographs. His embroidered patterns garnish the figures like elaborate costumes, but also suggest a psychological aura, as if revealing the person’s thoughts or feelings. 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. Anzeri’s delicately stitched veil recasts the figure with an uncomfortable modesty, overlaying a past generation’s cross-cultural anxieties with an allusion to our own.
Maryam Ashkanian, with the Sleeping Series collection, entrapped the world of dreams and subconscious sewing the dreamers’ faces, surprised in their inner expressions during the night, on soft pillows. She embroiders individuals deep in sleep onto the surface of her handmade pillows, matching the size of her subjects to the area one would physically occupy if they took a nap on her work.
The stitched sleepers lay sprawled in different configurations on the white background, some with their arms outstretched, whiles others hold them tucked into their bodies. These sculptures are a way to access the wide subject matter of dreams, a place where Ashkanian feels we can observe ourselves in one of the purest forms.
Particularly drawn to the home and its residents, Sewanee, Tennessee based Jessica Wohl exploits the uncanny while subverting domestic representations of perfection and happiness. She uses obsession, personification and gothic overtones to convey the idea that looks can be deceiving, and she interprets the family, the posed portrait and the suburban tract home as stages where this unsettling dynamic plays out.
This Chuck Close-esque portrait by Daniel Kornrumpf is really good. It is nice to see a different kind of media, as his work is hand stitched with died thread. His portraits are really personal and intimate and this medium gives a really interesting feel.