Cayce Zavaglia is an artist who works primarily with embroidery and oil paint. She was originally a painter, who then switched to embroidery and developed a technique that allowed her to create images that from afar, appeared hyperrealistic. She also noticed the chaos created when she turned over her embroideries that had a psychological profundity. This led her to experiment with creating similar images using paint.
I love her work. I do not respond very much to her embroideries, though I think they are incredible and the technique is astounding, I do not think she is saying anything. There is a mundane quality to her original embroideries that I do not feel is enhanced by her methodology. The real interest comes in her exploration of the other side of her embroideries and how she is able to incorporate the energy of that with thread and with paint. She is a very strong painter technically and the underlying skill peeks through in her paintings but is enhanced by the chaotic overlying painting. I am incredibly impressed by her paintings specifically because I like that she was able to bridge embroidery and painting into pieces that are incredibly sophisticated and interesting. The other side of her embroideries are also incredibly interesting because they show so much depth and complexity. I identify with this artist because she was able to be wildly expressive using thread, a mundane, domestic medium, and I hope to be able to do the same.
I am an art student at Maggie Walker and this is the place where I talk about what we're making and what we're learning... Through this I can pour out my heart about my artistic experience.