Matthew Cox sees embroidery with X-ray vision


We share a lot of great, unique art on here when it grabs our attention. But these embroidered x-rays by Matthew Cox are some of our very favorite stuff in a while. It’s lush, it’s memorable, and it’s well executed. There’s been a movement among artists for a while now toward the use of old world crafts like embroidery. In fact, there seems to be an unspoken challenge among artists to out-do each other when it comes to finding weird stuff to embroider. Well, Matthew Cox isn’t just a novelty – he has some satisfying concepts to back up his particular body of work. We’ll quote Mr Cox because his statement says it best and it’s not full of double-speak.


Redefinition motivates me to create my embroidered x-rays. The stark clash of two such divergent materials, cloth and plastic, is the simple catalyst. One tactile and labor intensive, the other technical, and quickly a finished product. There’s a wide historical context, one ancient, decorative, and artisanal, the other contemporary and devoid of aesthetic intention. By simply placing one of these materials on top of the other the understood purpose of each is redefined.

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