With today being Halloween we thought posting the strangely beautiful embroidered portraits
by Maurizio Anzeri apropos. The Italian-born, London-based artist uses found photographs and with sewing, embroidery and drawing gives them an eerie and unsettling aura. We didnâ€™t find his website but we did find his biography on Saatchi Gallery and this artist statement on Escape Into Life:
“I work with sewing, embroidery and drawing to explore the essence of signs in their physical manifestation. I take inspiration from my own personal experience and observation of how, in other cultures, bodies themselves are treated as living graphic symbols. I then use sewing and embroidery in a further attempt to re-signify, and mark the space with a man-made sign, a trace. The intimate human action of embroidery is a ritual of making and reshaping stories and history of these people. I am interested in the relation between intimacy and the outer world.”
â€œI put tracing paper over the photo and draw on the face until it develops. â€¦â€¦When I begin the stitching something else happens, drawing will never do what thread will.â€
Images: Courtesy of Maurizio Anzeri.