Sunday, 25 November 2012
Having a title of embroidered x-rays it is self explanatory of what the piece of work is. I think if it had a different title with a less obvious link to the work then it would let the viewer create an image of what they expect it to be and let the imagination wonder as to why he has created this work. The work is about redefinition. I think it is trying to represent that not everything has to have one meaning. By adding colour and a tactile material into an x-ray which is associated with injuries and pain, it changes the mood and feeling of looking at an x-ray to having two types of meanings, one being the injury and the other being a nurturing act of care. I would associate this work with contemporary art as it is a new and current piece which has never been explored before. This makes people create conversation as to whether it is right or wrong to combine the two materials and create new art work from it.
My first reaction to the work was that I was surprised with the use of stitching on x-rays because of the representation of x-rays. I thought it was brave of him to push the boundaries of plastic film by combining instant photography with labour intensive stitching. I don't think one part draws my attention more than the other, the two together make one composition that attracts you to it. It evokes a sense of touch, to feel the stitching against the smoothness of the x-ray. In some way it makes you not want to touch it due to the contrast between the two materials, by touching it it may ruin the authenticity of the piece. It makes me feel on edge looking at it to know that the x-rays are of someone. X-rays are a subject that would not normally be discussed in a positive conversation whereas stitching is considered to be therapeutic and a fun thing to do which is why it makes me feel awkward.