Matthew Cox Clashes the Tactile With the Technical

'New Knee With Tulips' by Matthew Cox
‘New Knee With Tulips’ by Matthew Cox
(Image © Matthew Cox)

I was always shocked when I went to the doctor’s office and they did my X-ray and didn’t find that I had eight more ribs than I should have or that my blood was the color green.(Nicholas Cage)

Matthew Cox is motivated by redefinition. At least, that’s what he says got him started with this wacky idea to create embroidered x-rays. One material is tactile and labor intensive while the other technical, and quickly a finished product. He reckons that, “by simply placing one of these materials on top of the other the understood purpose of each is redefined.” Certainly, it makes the observer stop and look (more than once, in my case)

I like that for Matthew Cox, “stitching has a nurturing aspect and acts as care giving or healing to the injured, a socially feminine sort of action, while the x-ray itself can be considered masculine and unemotional.”

Snow White by Matthew Cox
Snow White by Matthew Cox
(Image © Matthew Cox)
Underwire Bra With Tulips
Underwire Bra With Tulips
(Image © Matthew Cox)
Pacemaker Barbie by Matthew Cox
Pacemaker Barbie by Matthew Cox
(Image © Matthew Cox)
Lips by Matthew Cox
Lips by Matthew Cox
(Image © Matthew Cox)
Olive Oyl by Matthew Cox
Olive Oyl by Matthew Cox
Check out her belly button ring!
(Image © Matthew Cox)

What will he think of next, I wonder?

Matthew Cox is a Philadelphia-based artist. You can check out more of his work here. He is represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, Packer/Schopf Gallery in Chicago and Widmer and Theodoridis Contemporary in Zürich.

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Comments (16)

Hi,
Oh my that is weird, there is no way that I could have anything like that, but I can see there has been a bit of work put into these, and in the right spot they certainly would be a talking point. 😀

I reckon they’re ‘good weird’, Mags!

mindboggling creativity!

I know! It’s that whole left brain/right brain thing. Just blows me away.

Sun is out down here, M 🙂

Another great find, TSL! I am not sure that I really want to see Snow White’s ribs or think of Barbie with a pacemaker (she’s only 53, after all), but I guess that’s kind of the point, right? Yet I love that Olive Oyl one for some reason. Nice work, Matthew Cox! 🙂

I kinda’ like the idea that the impossibly physically perfect Barbie has a pace maker, Sparks!

I adore that there are people in this world who think of these things – and that you find them!

Totally out there and so super creative – thanks for sharing this J!

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Hey Ho Conceptual Muse – Cheers for the reblog!

I love these! Thanks for sharing and getting me thinking. I appreciate you visiting my blog.

Anything to inspire, I reckon, USB. Isn’t that why we blog? 🙂

I agree! I’m thinking of using stitching in my photos. We’ll see – maybe just a lot of knotted thread.But I did appreciate the intro to his work!

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