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Charli, Charli XCX

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Embroidery stitched directly through a vinyl record sleeve.

12x12x2 inches, framed in acrylic.

Edition of 8, plus one artist's proof.

     When I was putting together an installation wall for Art Basel Week in Miami, I went on the hunt for interesting albums and The Charli album by Charli XCX stood out. When I build an installation wall I like to mix colors as well as styles for the albums. I like for there to be a few graphic pieces, a few abstract covers, a few portraits and a few provocative pieces. This album falls in the latter category. Over the last 70 years there have always been albums that have been banned for their content or their imagery. Albums like Blind Faith, Appetite for Destruction, Roxy Music, Jimi Hendrix, Lady Gaga, the list goes on. Many of those albums are on my list to do or are already done. To me there has always been something about provocative art that starts a conversation. The Charli album features her on the cover, nude, with digital ribbons twisting around her body covering all of the areas that if exposed, would have had the album banned. I wanted to add something to the background so I embroidered and laser cut heart appliqués in different shades of black and grey spinning around her. The ribbons were then stitched in about 12 colors of purple thread and her ombré hair was also stitched in multiple colors. This album is sure to start a conversation.

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