Michelle Kingdom embroiders tiny worlds that aim to unravel our inner perceptions. Using delicate threaded details, Kingdom fabricates curious scenes depicting rituals and strange, wandering characters. Seeking to explore the “psychological landscape” that is littered with inner voices and unspoken thoughts, her deft embroidery weaves its way into ones psyche.
The self-taught embroiderer specializes in her own style of the craft, using tiny stitches to essentially draw with the fibers. Sketching out her patterns beforehand, she lets each piece take shape organically, embracing the unexpected evolution that occurs during creation. Focusing on small-scale works endued with a sense of privacy, each piece tells a striking visual narrative.
The interior worlds that Kingdom creates combine “literary snippets, memories, personal mythologies, and art historical references fused together [to] explore relationships, domesticity and self-perception.” Her poignant pieces display a complexity and exploration of inner truths that contrast nicely with the simple, almost crude, stitched designs. Kingdom recently displayed pieces at the bG Gallery in Santa Monica and is currently working on an upcoming solo exhibition; select artworks are available for purchase through her website contact.