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Embroidery Provides Textured Narratives to the Topics of Flore Gardner’s Stitched Pictures

Embroidery Provides Textured Narratives to the Topics of Flore Gardner’s Stitched Pictures

Embroidery Adds Textured Narratives to the Subjects of Flore Gardner’s Stitched Photographs



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April 14, 2022

Grace Ebert

All photos © Flore Gardner, shared with permission

With a background in drugs, Edinburgh-based artist Flore Gardner fosters a artistic observe that explores the physique and its untapped potential. She works in an array of mediums from printmaking and ink-based illustrations to mixed-media installations and fiber, pushing the boundaries of human anatomy into the realm of the absurd or subversive. Irrespective of the fabric, every work facilities on a main curiosity in drawing and makes use of the identical strategies and ideas that fill the pages of her notebooks.

Considered one of Gardner’s collection, titled (Her)Tales, overlays classic, black-and-white images largely sourced from flea markets with vibrant stitches. Because the title suggests, the gathering focuses totally on girls, and the embroidered components obscure faces with dense patches, add dimension to a topic’s physique, or spotlight their figures by drawing a distinction to the backdrop.

Revitalized with coloration and texture, the portraits and posed group photographs tackle a brand new narrative with the artist’s thread drawings and “modify the ‘actuality’ of the photographs, revealing hidden issues beneath (eg. unseen bare our bodies beneath marriage ceremony garments, invisible haloes, hidden ideas) or quite the opposite hiding sure particulars (threads shroud the inevitably lifeless figures or ‘ghosts’).” She explains additional:

The needle is an instrument for hurting and for therapeutic—{a photograph} (or human pores and skin) will be broken by its therapy and concurrently repaired/recreated. This needle makes tons of of little holes in every {photograph}, as soon as a valuable object, and these, together with the threads, rework the flat, easy, untouchable photographic help right into a aid floor, which will be touched and even, in a sure method, learn like Braille.

Gardner presently is engaged on a publishing mission funded by Inventive Scotland and a collaborative efficiency that will probably be introduced at Edinburgh Fringe this August.

 

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