Wednesday, November 16, 2011


How have I never seen the work of Matthew Cox, perhaps because he just started to work with the stitch? But I know I like what I see. (thanks to the reader that emailed me his link.)

Matthew's current work is combining stitching with x rays.

Sometime he goes for the obvious but I prefer the more conceptually thought out and pushed works. But since this is a new direction for him I am sure it will end up developing very interestingly.

He says this about his work:

Redefinition motivates me to create my embroidered x-rays. The stark clash of two such divergent materials, cloth and plastic, is the simple catalyst. One tactile and labor intensive, the other technical, and quickly a finished product. There’s a wide historical context, one ancient, decorative, and artisanal, the other contemporary and devoid of aesthetic intention. By simply placing one of these materials on top of the other the understood purpose of each is redefined.
For me, stitching has a nurturing aspect and acts as care giving or healing to the injured, a socially feminine sort of action, while the x-ray itself can be considered masculine and unemotional. Finally, my own recognition of what is beautiful [these separately became appealing to me at about the same time]. As an artist who takes on tedious, labor-intensive projects, I am also reacting to the ever-increasing presence of photography in contemporary art – by introducing the process of labor over the quick, slickness of film.

And no one can say he is not prolific as for only doing this particular process for the past year he has a ton of work to show for it. See more here.

Ok WHY is my blogger page blue while posting? IT sucks and I can barely read it as my eyes are being blinded


Rebecca said...

He's actually been making these embroidered x-rays for a really long time; you can see some of his older works over at his (and my) gallery website:

I love the Ms. Piggy!

Joetta M. said...

Thank you for clarifying that- on his website he definitely alludes to not doing it for very long at all, which totally surprised me since it seemed so well done. So it makes sense that he has been doing them longer.