By Katy Cowan
LA-based artist Michelle Kingdom – featured previously – has a talented way with thread. Her stitched artworks are crafted to look like paintings, with dense layers, colours and textures throughout.
In her latest series of work, Michelle creates figurative narratives with her usual needle and thread. She explains: “My work explores psychological landscapes, illuminating thoughts left unspoken. I create tiny worlds in thread to capture elusive yet persistent inner voices. Literary snippets, memories, personal mythologies, and art historical references inform the imagery; fused together, these influences explore relationships, domesticity and self-perception. Symbolism and allegory lay bare dynamics of aspiration and limitation, expectation and loss, belonging and alienation, truth and illusion.
“Decidedly miniature in scale, the scenes are densely embroidered into compressed compositions. While the work acknowledges the lustre and lineage inherent in needlework, I use thread as a sketching tool in order to simultaneously honour and undermine this tradition. Beauty parallels melancholy, as conventional stitches acquiesce to the fragile and expressive.”
To discover more of her work, visit michellekingdom.com.
Via direct submission | All images courtesy of Michelle Kingdom