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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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