I’ve seen the work of the Italian artist Maurizio Anzeri for several years now. He takes vintage photos and manipulates them with embroidery to take on a second life. I came across an amazing pictorial for Dazed and Confused where his pieces were done in tandem with photographer, Richard Burbridge. I REALLY dig these pieces…..they are modern and expressive.
I think that what makes them work is that the image and the embroidery at the top feed each other, << he explains. He has no intention to cover or to erase. >> Itâ€™s about feeding another dimension << he says.
For Maurizio, the physicality of puncturing a needle in the actual image ”is an action of penetration”. >> I have been told many times that one of the characteristics of my work is to cover when there is nothing to cover. And I like that and itâ€™s not even hidden the fact that there is nothing to cover, << he explains.