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Michelle Kingdom

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Michelle Kingdom - Burbank, California, USA

Michelle Kingdom – Burbank, California, USA

 

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I am a self-taught embroidery artist who creates figurative narratives in thread. Born and raised in Los Angeles, my background and training was in conventional fine art. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in 1990, I studied drawing and painting at UCLA. Never fully captivated by traditional mediums, I stumbled upon embroidery around that same time. There was something about the delicate yet awkward intimacy of stitching that resonated with me, and compelled me to explore an expressive dreamworld. Drawing with thread would develop into a lifelong passion. After quietly stitching for many years, I now exhibit my work, which can been found in galleries nationally and is held in private collections.

Artist Statement

My work explores psychological landscapes, illuminating thoughts left unspoken. I create tiny worlds in thread to capture elusive yet persistent inner voices. Literary snippets, memories, personal mythologies, and art historical references inform the imagery; fused together, these influences explore relationships, domesticity and self-perception. Symbolism and allegory lay bare dynamics of aspiration and limitation, expectation and loss, belonging and alienation, truth and illusion.

Decidedly miniature in scale, the scenes are densely embroidered into compressed compositions. While the work acknowledges the luster and lineage inherent in needlework, I use thread as a sketching tool in order to simultaneously honor and undermine this tradition. Beauty parallels melancholy, as conventional stitches acquiesce to the fragile and expressive.

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    Your work is so unique and expressive. It is a refreshing branching out from the constraints of prescribed stitches.
    I love your website and the evolving stages of drawing into threadwork. Maybe you could put it all together as a small ebook.

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