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Amorica, The Black Crowes

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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.

     Apparently I have a thing for choosing albums that were either controversial or banned, and the Amorica album is no exception. This was their third album released in 1994 and was salvaged from their Tall album sessions. The album was produced by Chris Robinson which created additional tension between the two brothers. The album cover features a controversial photograph taken from a 1970’s Hustler magazine cover of a crotch shot of an American flag thong with protruding pubic hair. The album cover was banned in most large retailers and that forced the band to create an alternate version of the cover. For the embroidery I stitched multiple shades of abstract stitches for the body portion of the design. For the thong I used 4 layers of laser cut glitter appliqué with additional embroidery stitches added for color. For the pubic hair, (never thought I would be typing this) I used a combination of direct embroidery combined with a deconstructed thread technique that I have used in the past in my drip pieces. The album title was created with a patch collaged onto the album as the final step.

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