Like quilting, the tradition of embroidery evokes images of stuffy old grandmas at afternoon tea. Lima, Peru born textile artist Ana Teresa Barboza reinvents this delicate tradition by literally busting out of the seams of her work, much of which depicts rich, mysterious and powerful scenes of nature, oftentimes merging with fantasies of the human imagination.
Barboza uses embroidery as a way to explore the power of images and real, live relationships between people and nature. Some of her earlier works involve garments with extremely long sleeves that two people can wear, manifesting the reality of our interdependence, while other embroidered works will feature humans with animal heads, being eaten by fierce predators.
Her landscape-based works show details of sea and land, all of which burst out of the embroidery hoop in a mass of vibrant threads, almost as if the links of the hydrological or geological cycles were made obvious. It's a clever way to re-adapt an old technique; Barboza says that since embroidery is a "traditionally feminine language, the images acquire new meaning as they produce a marked dissonance between image and technique."
Fanciful but rooted in the reality of our connection to all living things, Barboza's skillful work is an unexpected extension of the thread that provokes a lot of thought. More over at Ana Teresa Barboza's website.