February 23, 2016
Stitchy Snippets - Drips of Thread
Ghada Amer is a multi-media artist based in New York. She expresses her political and feminine views and ideals in a unique style of painting with thread.
Amer studied Fine Art in France in the early nineties and this is where she first developed her unusual approach to embroidery. To create the painted aesthetic, first the canvas is prepared then the composition is stitched, leaving many loose threads which resemble painted drips, in the last stage the entire work is coated with a gel giving the work a painted, gloss finish.
In her collection 'Rainbow Girls' Amer has married imagery with text. Choice quotes rest inconspicuously between the trailing drips of thread. This juxtaposition of strong political messages created with the delicate medium of embroidery makes the art even more compelling.