ARTIST:

Maurizio Anzeri

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Maurizio Anzeri
Round Midnight, 2009
Embroidery on print
62 x 45 cm

Maurizio Anzeri makes his portraits by sewing directly into found vintage photographs. His embroidered patterns garnish the figures like elaborate costumes, but also suggest a psychological aura, as if revealing the person’s thoughts or feelings. The antique appearance of the photographs is often at odds with the sharp lines and silky shimmer of the threads. The combined media gives the effect of a dimension where history and future converge. The image used in Round Midnight is an early 20th century ‘glamour shot’ that at the time would have been considered titillating for both the girl’s nudity and ethnicity. Anzeri’s delicately stitched veil recasts the figure with an uncomfortable modesty, overlaying a past generation’s cross-cultural anxieties with an allusion to our own.

Maurizio Anzeri
Nicola, 2011
Embroidery on photograph
23 x 17 cm

'I work with sewing, embroidery and drawing to explore the essence of signs in their physical manifestation. I take inspiration from my own personal experience and observation of how, in other cultures, bodies themselves are treated as living graphic symbols.'

Maurizio Anzeri
Enrico, 2014
Embroidery on photograph
18 x 13 cm

Maurizio Anzeri
Leopold, 2014
Embroidery on photograph
38 x 30 cm

Maurizio Anzeri
Mia, 2014
Embroidery on photograph
48cm x 33cm

Maurizio Anzeri
Mio, 2014
Embroidery on photograph
48 x 33 cm

Maurizio Anzeri
I will be with you the night of your wedding, 2013
Embroidery on photograph
21 x 15.5 cm

Maurizio Anzeri
Giovanni, 2009
Photographic print with embroidery
51 x 41 cm

Maurizio Anzeri
Rebecca, 2009
Embroidery on found photograph
20.5 x 15.5 cm

Maurizio Anzeri
Penny, 2009
Embroidery on found photograph
24 x 13 cm

Maurizio Anzeri
Yvonne, 2011
Embroidery on photograph
25 x 19.5 cm

Maurizio Anzeri
Robert, 2011
Embroidery on photograph
24 x 18 cm

Maurizio Anzeri
Rita, 2011
Embroidery on photograph
23.5 x 17.5 cm

Maurizio Anzeri
Lille, 2011
Embroidery on photograph
23 x 17 cm

Maurizio Anzeri
Edith, 2011
Embroidery on photograph
23 x 16.5 cm

Maurizio Anzeri
Marcel, 2011
Embroidery on photograph
23 x 17.8 cm

Maurizio Anzeri
Profile Pink, 2012
Embroidery on photo
22.5 x 16.5 cm

Maurizio Anzeri
Profile Yellow, 2012
Embroidery on photo
23.5 x 18cm

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