November 17 – December 17, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011, 6-8pm
Lyons Wier Gallery
542 West 24th St., New York, NY 10011
Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 11-6pm
Nearest subway: C,E @ 23rd St & 8th Ave
Lyons Wier Gallery is pleased to present Multiple Stitches, a solo retrospective by Cayce Zavaglia.
Originally trained as a painter, Zavaglia switched to embroidery 10 years ago in an attempt to reference an embroidered piece she had made as a child growing up in Australia. Zavaglia’s portraits of friends and family are hand sewn using crewel embroidery wool and take approximately 6-8 months to complete. The use of paint is limited to the background only. From a distance they read as photo-realistic paintings, and only after closer inspection does the work’s true construction reveal itself.
Zavaglia has developed a technique, which has been described as “Modern Pointillism”, that allows her to blend colors and establish tonalities that truly resemble the techniques used in classical oil painting. The direction in which the threads are sewn mimic the way brush marks are layered within a painting which, in turn, allows the allusion of depth, volume, and form. Her stitching methodology borders on the obsessive. This system allows her to visually evoke painterly renditions of flesh, hair, and cloth.
Cayce Zavaglia’s embroidered portraits have facilitated her growing interest in a more recontextualized approach to painting. By eliminating the use of paint to create her portraits and yet giving the illusion that it is still present, has allowed Zavaglia to further tighten the tension between portrait and process and ultimately propose a new definition for “painting”. The work has the remarkable ability to conceptually transport the viewer into the emotional make-up of the sitter, creating a dialogue between each piece and its audience. This capability moves her work beyond Photo Realism and into the realm of Conceptual Realism.
For more information and images, please contact:
Lyons Wier Gallery
542 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011
Tel: + 1 212 242 6220