my body

my body is a temple
my body is life
my body is decay
my body hurts
my body gives birth
my body grows
my body aches
my body is scarred
my body is wrinkled
my body is soft
my body is beautiful
my body is mine

C.J. Oct. 2016


With the body parts series, I put the human body in a surrealistic and metaphoric context to show it’s importance, function and beauty.

I printed digitally altered photos of parts of my body on cotton and then let my associations flow…

Here is a table with the photos (after alteration but before printing) and the finished stitched pieces.

navel
body part: navel
navelgalaxyA
“Navel galaxy” 2016

• paint, french knots, seed stitches, some goldwork

 

cleavage
body part: cleavage
nursingA
“Nursing” 2016

• lace appliqué, embroidery

 

eye
body part: eye
iseeyouA
“I see you” 2016

• satin stitch, french knots

 

ear
body part: ear
synaesthesiaB
“Synaesthesia” 2016

• satin stitch

 

fist
body part: fist
justchillinA
“Just chillin'” 2016

• padded appliqué, stitch, found shells

 

tongue
body part: tongue
sweettalkingB
“Sweet talking” 2016

• silk ribbon work, satin stitch, bead work

 

armpit
body part: armpit
swampyB
“Swampy” 2016

• turkey work, pistil stitch, seed stitches, paint

 

ellbow
body part: ellbow
vegetatedB
“Vegetated” 2016

• embroidery

 

footsole
body part: foot sole
markingmypathA
“Marking my path” 2016

• stitch

 

monspubis
body part: mons pubis
sedimentedA
“Sedimented” 2016

• embroidery, bead work

 


 

The series was created for a group show called 10 hoch 3 (meaning “ten to the power of 3” in English). The works mustn’t exceed the dimensions of 10 x 10 x 10 cm.

Mine measured exactly 10 x 10 cm, and I created 10 of them. (Love the symmetry!.. ;-)..)

The group show exhibited emerging and established artists of the Grisons and took place in the gallery Kabinett der Visionäre in Chur, Switzerland, in November 2016:

10hoch3_2016.jpg

 

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