Danish-Irish artist Inge Jacobsen does something unusual and unique to photos: she sews on them! Not that they need any mending, but the threads and stitches definitely add dimension and texture to an otherwise flat image.
About her work, Jacobsen says:
“My main concern as an artist is how one responds to the mass of imagery in the world. Altering these is central to a lot of my work. I’m particularly interested in exploring the different contexts in which photography can be used. I like to stray from the conventional perceptions of what photography can and can’t be. With the over saturation of images, my practice seeks to intervene in this overwhelming consumption from the mass produced and alter it to create something unique.”
This is how she does it: she pierces holes with a needle first to prevent the paper from getting ripped from the actual sewing which the artist does by eye. After approximately 50 hours of careful cross-stitching (depends on the image), the handmade creation is complete.
Jacobsen adds, “Another theme I’m exploring in my work is the ‘objectness’ of a photograph. By bringing the surface of the image to the attention of the viewer, I want them to acknowledge the stitched pieces as objects rather than just images. It seems appropriate to be using fashion magazines as women are often objectified within them. There is also a link between the feminine craft of cross stitching and the women’s magazine. I’d like the viewer to see the connection between women’s hobbies from generations ago and the hobbies and past-times of my generation. I can, and have, spent long periods of time reading Vogue magazines just like my grandmother and her sisters spent a long time cross-stitching.”
Way to work in the old with the new!
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