David Catá’s Hand Embroidery
David Catá is a Spanish artist who works with embroidery and uses his own body as a canvas. He has created a series of portraits of people who have had an impact on his life by stitching their faces onto the palm of his hand. These temporary embroideries have been documented in a series of photographs and videos entitled “Under the Skin”.
I picture the people who, somehow, have marked me throughout my life; family, friends, couples, teachers… their lives have been interwoven with mine to create a story. Every moment lived stays in the memory to finally be forgotten. somehow, this fact is painful, since there are only material things and traces that people leave behind.
I really like this idea of stitching into human skin, but like Nina Falk’s work (posted previously here), the video documentary is quite an uncomfortable watch.
There’s long been an association between cloth or thread and ideas relating to memory and this is a unique approach. The idea of creating a temporal embroidery relative to these thmes seems to me to be particularly poignant.
You can view more of the artists work on his website: www.davidcata.com