Earlier this year, American artist Kathryn Shinko said that her art isn't something you'd hang over your sofa or want to see in a dentist's office. It is a gutsy move for a recent graduate like her to state that the work she creates can only exist in a gallery space. Yet, if you look at Shinko's handiwork, the meaning of this statement becomes clear. Her work is filled with ambiguity that leaves the viewer with an unsettling feeling of confusion. The themes of Shinko's work revolve around the societal norms of sexuality, relationships and family values. In her pieces, media associated with domesticity and femininity such as embroidery and cross-stitching are used to question the stereotypes embedded within our culture.

Using vivacious colors and disorienting patterns, disturbing subject matters are turned into something magical. Her embroidered pieces mimic the pixelated reality of a digital image in a way that tackles the idea of the wholeness and domesticity related to this traditional medium. In series Wounds Slowly Being Covered Up Shinko has recreated medical photographs of illnesses and infections using extravagant colors and fragmented patterns. Shinko produces works that challenge the digital divide between the past and the present yet it is far from a banal trip down the memory lane. Instead of becoming a visual anachronism, the traditional craftsmanship finds a contemporary form that finds its inspiration in within our increasingly digitalised culture.

Have a look at Shinko's work below.

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