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Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Melissa Zexter

Brooklyn,
USA

Melissa Zexter is a New York- based photographer. For many years, she has combined the slow and meditative process of hand-sewn embroidery with the technologically more immediate medium of photography. Her portraits and figurative work explore identity and representations of femininity.

Zexter has exhibited throughout the United States including shows at Kenise Barnes Fine Art, New York, The International Center of Photography, NY, Hallspace Gallery in Boston, MA, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Creiger Dane Gallery, Boston, MA. Her work has been published and reviewed in numerous publications including AfterImage, The New York Times, The Boston Herald, Time Out Chicago, The New Yorker, Art New England, The Village Voice, and New York Magazine .Zexter has taught in New York at Cooper Union, Alfred University, The New School, and Long Island University. She currently teaches at The Dalton School, NYC. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Photography from New York University/ International Center of Photography.

Feminist Artist Statement

Melissa Zexter combines hand-stitched embroidery with both color and black and white photography. She uses an older art form, embroidery, refracted through a modern one, photography, to create structured objects that are embodiments of both fragmentation and focused concentration. The sewn patterns and intricate puzzles are colored textured drawings, which serve as webs and grids over the photographs, providing another dimension to the images. The incorporation of sewing revisits traditional “woman’s work”, embracing an activity that is considered traditionally feminine. The sewing creates a filtered experience; much the way emotions and personal history alter everyday perception.

<p>Blue Dream</p>

Blue Dream

Ink drawing directly onto black and white photograph

Blue Dream

Ink drawing directly onto black and white photograph

Doll’s Bed

Hand embroidered patterns sewn directly onto black and white photograph.

Schoolgirls

Hand embroidered patterns sewn directly onto black and white photograph.

Beatrice Running

Hand embroidered patterns sewn directly onto color photograph.

Blizzard Lovers

Hand embroidered patterns sewn directly onto color photograph.

Heath’s Final Hours- Back of Print

Hand embroidered text and drawing sewn directly onto black and white photograph. This is the thread on the back of the image. This is a selected image from a series called “Edits”.

Heath Ledger Found Naked

Hand embroidered text and image sewn directly onto black and white photograph. This is a selected image from a series called “Edits”.

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