I am always astonished to see the new directions modern embroidery has taken -- such as Michelle Kingdom's small embroidered scenes of life, Jillian Tamaki's gorgeous book covers, and Stacy Page's photographs wonderfully embellished with stitches. So, oh how I love this work of Philadelphia artist Matthew Cox -- transforming the imagry of an x-ray into beautiful color and life -- from bones to flesh and nature.
Of his Embroidered X-Rays Cox writes on his website:
For me, stitching has a nurturing aspect and acts as care giving or healing to the injured, a socially feminine sort of action, while the x-ray itself can be considered masculine and unemotional. Finally, my own recognition of what is beautiful [these separately became appealing to me at about the same time]. As an artist who takes on tedious, labor-intensive projects, I am also reacting to the ever-increasing presence of photography in contemporary art – by introducing the process of labor over the quick, slickness of film.
And you can read a short interesting interview with Matthew Cox at My Modern Met. (Also get an eyeful of more of his amazing work.) Also, among his portfolios is a splendid collection of mythic avatars (such at the bottom most image of Mercury Avatar), fairy tale characters and comic icons-- have a look here to see them.