Alicia Ross – Extreme Cross Stitch

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Alicia Ross is a mixed media artist from Cleveland, Ohio. She takes cross stitch and electrifies it.

Alicia Ross - Motherboard 2 - Machine Embroidered Cross Stitch

From her site: “For nearly a decade, Alicia Ross has been juxtaposing the fetishistic and conceptual into her own ideology of body and self, proposed within the context of public and private viewership. Beginning her career as a two-dimensional image-maker, her work has evolved to encompass various facets of multi-media and conceptuality.”

Alicia Ross - Motherboard 7 - Machine Embroidered Cross Stitch

Her work takes my breath away. Erotic images of women are filtered, stylised and then stitched. The application of the stitches, which makes use of negative space, elevates and invigorates the medium of cross stitch.

Alicia Ross - Motherboard 6 - Machine Embroidered Cross Stitch
Alicia Ross – Motherboard 6 – Machine Embroidered Cross Stitch

The Motherboard series, featured here, explores voyeurism primarily through electronic media, and delivers pieces that are akin to static charges; in the same way as a static shock comes from nowhere and reminds you of hidden power, Alicia’s works reminds us that this medium is far more versatile than we might think. Her pieces shock you, but it’s not the content that shocks, it’s the form. Awesome.

Alicia Ross - Motherboard 5 - Machine Embroidered Cross Stitch

Alicia exhibits across the world, and regularly picks up awards on her way. If you’re in New York, you can see her work at The Bridgehampton Historical Society from July 10th to 12th. I would urge you to do so.

You can find out more about Alicia at her website, where you can see her other works and be as awestruck by this stuff as I am.

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Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, aka the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery is the founder of the Mr X Stitch site, the world's longest running embroidery blog, the curator of PUSH Stitchery and the author of the Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch. He is also the founder of XStitch, the game-changing cross stitch design magazine which launched in Summer 2017.

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