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matthew cox: embroidered x rays
oct 11, 2011
matthew cox: embroidered x rays


‘embroidered x-rays’ by matthew cox
all images courtesy matthew cox
(above) ‘waterproof watches’

image © matthew cox

driven by the notion of redefinition, philadelphia-based artist matthew cox has created
a body of work that combines the traditional medium of embroidery with plastic x-ray films.
proportionally true to the body part being pictured, the injection of stitches often depict
elements of flora in a dreamscape-like scenery. the wildly contrasting materials are
together read as something new and different from their original purpose.

for cox, the practice of superimposing these two applications is also a comment on
the ever-increasing presence of photography in contemporary art. by introducing a tedious
and labour-intensive process into a medium that is quite often quick and instant,
the embroidered x-ray prints represent a format of film that explores new ways of technique
and representation.


‘orchid with crucifix’
image © matthew cox


‘wrapped wrist’
image © matthew cox


‘wrapped wrist’ – detail
image © matthew cox


‘necklace with bouquet’
image © matthew cox


‘necklace with bouquet’ – detail
image © matthew cox


‘banana’
image © matthew cox


‘blowing hair’
image © matthew cox


‘wading knees’
image © matthew cox


‘knee and daisies’
image © matthew cox


‘feet’
image © matthew cox


‘pigtails’
image © matthew cox

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