Maurizio Anzeri Embroiders Masks Over Photographs

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Maurizio Anzeri isn’t the first to embroider on photography and he won’t be the last, but I’ve always enjoyed his work. The thread acts as a bizarre mask that takes the photographs from ordinary portraits to surreal and subversive places. My favorite moments are when he gathers up the up the thread into something akin to a nest. It’s expressive and makes something that’s so calculated feel really spontaneous.

And, from a technical standpoint: As someone who embroidered for years on paper, the fact that his work looks so clean (no major gaping holes) is really impressive. Kudos to you, Maurizio, you have better craftsmanship than me!  (Via I need a guide)

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