Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Embroidered portraits


Embroidered Portraits

Stitch by stitch and color by color St. Louis based figurative artist Cayce Zavaglia  utilizes her background as a painter to embroider excruciatingly detailed portraits that look almost like photographs.
The process, which she refers to as both thread painting and  “renegade embroidery”, begins with a photo-shoot consisting of 100-150 portraits from which she selects the best image and then moves to the canvas where she works with one ply embroidery thread on Belgian linen to create each piece.
“Over the years, I have developed a sewing technique that allows me to blend colors and establish tonalities that resemble the techniques used in classical oil painting. The direction in which the threads are sewn mimic the way brush marks are layered within a painting which, in turn, allows for the allusion of depth, volume, and form. My stitching methodology borders on the obsessive, but ultimately allows me to visually evoke painterly renditions of flesh, hair, and cloth” – Cayce Zavaglia
Zavaglia is also interested in the backs of her portraits, a tangled mesh of thread and knots resembling a more abstract version of the exacting portrait on the reverse.
In a return to her roots as a painter, she creates gouache and large format acrylic paintings of the backsides, effectively creating a painting of an embroidery of a photograph.
All images are copyright Cayce Zavaglia. For more information on CAYCE please visit her website.

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