Originally trained as a painter, Cayce Zavaglia turned to a more unconventional mean of representing people’s portraits. Her “paintings” are actually embroidered artworks, that from a distance look like photorealistic paintings, but when seen up-close, the needle and thread become visible, revealing the work’s beauty and craftsmanship.
For these artworks, Cayce developed her own technique, similar to drawing and painting, describes as “Modern Pointillism”, where she blends the colors and sets the tones of the piece. The direction in which the threads are sewn allows her to give the illusion of depth, volume, and form, rendering flesh, hair, and cloth.
My work unabashedly nods its head to the tradition of tapestry and my own love of craft. Using wool instead of oils has allowed me to broaden the dialogue between portrait and process as well as propose a new definition for the word “painting”.
(via Cayce Zavaglia)