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Melissa Zexter
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Red Hook



ARTIST STATEMENT: I combine the slow and meditative process of hand-sewn embroidery with the technologically more immediate medium of photography. I use an older art form, embroidery, refracted through a 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 color and black and white and color photographs that I have taken. The sewn patterns are colored textured drawings, which 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.
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  • Mantlepiece
    2010
    thread, silver gelatin print   20" x 24"
    hand embroidery onto silver gelatin print

  • Mantlepiece (detail- back)
    2010
    thread, silver gelatin print   20" x 24"
    hand embroidery onto silver gelatin print

  • rainbow
    2010
    thread, silver gelatin print   20" x 24"
    hand embroidery onto silver gelatin print

  • Floral Dress Pattern
    2010
    thread, silver gelatin print   20" x 24"
    hand embroidery onto silver gelatin print

  • Man with Flowers
    2009
    thread, silver gelatin print   20" x 24"
    hand embroidery onto silver gelatin print

  • Blue
    2010
    thread, silver gelatin print   20" x 24"
    hand embroidery onto silver gelatin print

  • Schoolgirls
    2010
    Thread, silver gelatin print   20" x 14"
    hand embroidery on photograph

  • Schoolgirls (detail)
    2010
    Thread, silver gelatin print   20" x 24"
    hand embroidery on photograph

  • Baby Crying
    2010
    Thread, silver gelatin print   20" x 24"
    hand embroidery on photograph

  • Girl in Mirror
    2010
    thread, silver gelatin print   20" x 24"
    hand embroidery on photograph

  • Japan Swirl
    2010
    thread, silver gelatin print, acrylic   20" x 24"
    hand embroidery on photograph

  • Color Eye Chart
    2010
    thread, silver gelatin print, acrylic   20" x 24"
    hand embroidery on photograph
 








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