Maps and Memories | Melissa Zexter

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I combine the slow and meditative process of hand-sewn embroidery with  the technologically more immediate  medium of photography. A more  traditional art form, embroidery, is  refracted through the modern one,  photography, to create structured  objects that are embodiments of both fragmentation and focused concentration. I hand-stitch intricate  puzzles using needle and thread  over black-and-white and color photographs I have taken of the  human body. Many of the patterns I embroider are abstract reproductions  of personal souvenirs: a floral pattern from a dress I wore as a child, a bus  map of the route that runs through  my South Brooklyn neighborhood,  a plan of a Russian city center where  my grandfather lived. The sewn patterns serve as webs and grids over  the photographs, providing another dimension to the images. The sewing  creates a filtered experience, much the  way emotions and personal history alter everyday perception.

– Melissa Zexter

For more of Melissa Zexter’s work, see www.melissazexter.com.

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