I love medical curiosities, and I love the dainty art of embroidery. And as it turns out, the juxtaposition of the two makes for strangely beautiful and memorable images.
These are the works of Matthew Cox. Stark x-rays combined with the warmth of embroidery.
From his website:
"Redefinition motivates me to create my embroidered x-rays. The stark clash of two such divergent materials, cloth and plastic, is the simple catalyst. One tactile and labor intensive, the other technical, and quickly a finished product. There’s a wide historical context, one ancient, decorative, and artisanal, the other contemporary and devoid of aesthetic intention. By simply placing one of these materials on top of the other the understood purpose of each is redefined.
For me, stitching has a nurturing aspect and acts as care giving or healing to the injured, a socially feminine sort of action, while the x-ray itself can be considered masculine and unemotional. Finally, my own recognition of what is beautiful [these separately became appealing to me at about the same time]. As an artist who takes on tedious, labor-intensive projects, I am also reacting to the ever-increasing presence of photography in contemporary art – by introducing the process of labor over the quick, slickness of film."
To see of Matthew Cox's work, and to learn more about him and his work in general, click HERE for his official site.
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