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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.