Inner Worlds Revealed in Michelle Kingdom’s Intricate Narrative Embroideries

Los Angeles-based embroidery artist Michelle Kingdom (previously) expresses unspoken emotions in scenes composed of women surrounded by plants or animals.

Kingdom often depicts a solo protagonist, or multiple characters engaging in ritualistic activities.

Her imaginative scenarios often blur the role of nature as part of the story, or simply use it as a decorative element.

Kingdom uses long stitches of thread in layered tonal colors to create texture and volume.

The artist describes her work in a statement on her website: “I create tiny worlds in thread to capture elusive yet persistent inner voices. Literary snippets, memories, personal mythologies, and art historical references inform the imagery; fused together, these influences explore relationships, domesticity and self-perception.”

You can see more of her work on Instagram.


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