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Cayce Zavaglia: Recto │Verso

Fall 2014

 

Originally trained as a painter, Cayce Zavaglia also works in embroidery, blending colors and establishing tonalities that resemble the techniques of classical oil painting. Recto │Verso, her project at CAM, features hand-embroidered portraits alongside a related series of small gouache and large-scale acrylic paintings. The paintings portray the verso, or reverse, side of the embroidery, revealing a portrait of loose ends, knots, and chaos corresponding to—but psychologically different from—the meticulously sewn front image. In the rich history of tapestry, the verso has traditionally been hidden from the viewer; Zavaglia exposes this concealed otherness, addressing the divergence between our presented and private selves.