Sheena Liam Embroiders Intimate Self-Portraits

Within the small frame of an embroidery hoop, Malaysian artist Sheena Liam tells a lot about herself. She uses one-color thread to show herself at intimate moments. This mainly concerns the moments when the artist takes care of her body. Think of combing or braiding the hair or dressing and undressing. You see these kinds of daily activities in the small self-portraits that Sheena Liam makes.

Despite the non-obvious technique and the limited color palette, Liam manages to produce very realistic images. His trick is based on leaving loose threads and create an illusion of three-dimensionality as if the same image came out of its wooden frame.

The interaction with the spectator is born from these threads precisely with which, in many occasions, the different hairstyles of the works can be finished; braids, pigtails, bows? This gives the embroidery an extra dimension.

What makes Liam’s work unique and fascinates the viewer is that it deals exclusively with artisanal art. Artist for the moment, she continues to try different hairstyles and poses that add to each of them a lot of difficulties, but also of great beauty.

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Just an old piece I recently came back to and finished.

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A snippet of my interview with @teenvogue ; link in bio. "The big 5-by-5 foot piece was my favorite, because I didn´t even know it would happen the right way. I just did it to really challenge myself. It was fun sourcing people together to build the frame itself. I was talking to cabinet factory workers, I got this old man who was a rattan craftsman in a small town in Malaysia to build me the hoops. The fun part was that everyone didn´t really understand what I was trying to achieve, people saw me constantly sewing but when you´re so close you have no idea what it´s going to look like. I´m glad I did it though, it´s given me this whole new perspective that if I just keep doing, I can make anything in my head happen." #embroidery #embroideryart #embroideryhoop #handembroidery

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