Monday, 13 June 2011

Inspiration: Maurizio Anzeri

‘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. I am interested in people’s stories and histories, and the relation between intimacy and the outer world. I have been working with hair for the past few years. I stitch and sew hair together until it becomes a sculpture. I see hair as a metaphorical medium to represent bodily boundaries, the embodiment of space.’ Maurizio Anzeri

Maurizio Anzeri brings together vintage photographs from the 1920s and 30s with intricate embroidery to create these wonderful, slightly creepy, pieces. The photographs are on display at the Baltic Centre in Newcastle so if you happen to be up there it's well worth a visit! There's also more images of the pieces on Trendland and an interview with the artist on Don't Panic. 

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