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August 27, 2020

These Embroidered Portraits on Found Photographs May Look Half Creepy But Are Fully Captivating!

Masks can be creepy, but they can also be fun. Artist Jessica Wohl modifies vintage photographs by embroidering what look like fantastical masks over people’s faces in a delightfully eerie series called “Sewn Drawings”.

It seems like the mutilations are somewhat metaphorical as they draw out the eyes, smiles and stoic expressions of the stitch-victims in the vintage looking captures. Each take is actually a piece of found photography, which gives you a more interesting perspective on what Wohl wants each character to portray, as there is no previous emotional connection to the artist.

“These actually came from a failed experiment with Correction Fluid and photographs. I liked the notion of starting over with a fresh slate, and asked myself, while looking at an old family photograph, “What if we could just remove ourselves from our environment and pick a new one?” So I whited out everything in the photograph except the eyes and mouths of people.” – said Jessica Wohl.

(Images © Jessica Wohl)


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