This piece is a hand-embroidered “painting” exploring the inner and outer self, calm, and confusion.
Sequined fabric, beads, embellishments, wrapped around wooden stretcher bars. There is no wire on the back, so it may be hung in any orientation.
26″ x 26″
An artifice is not simply made; it is meticulously crafted through a lifetime of careful decisions. Michael-Birch Pierce’s work is an intimate study of the self we choose to share and the authenticity of interaction. Couched in the superficiality of high fashion and costume, he uses traditional embroidery techniques to elevate cheap and gaudy materials into precious, tenuous structures. Each piece has a personality and through hours of obsessive stitching, he helps construct its identity. Covered in paint or draped in sequins, they exist in layers that demand an intimate relationship with the viewer, concealing and revealing amalgams of plastic and purities of light and space.