Isabella Fenton

Unstitched explores themes of fractured identity and the effects of grief on an individual. My work is created by using illustrative embroidery that showcases the personification of three major emotions; anger, depression and numbness. These characters work as self-portraits and were created as a coping mechanism and a form of self-preservation in the aftermath of a tragedy. My art practice seeks to capture the constantly shifting impacts that grief has on an individual’s mental health. By using embroidery, I also reveal an underlying theme of healing as each stitch works to bring the fractured emotions back together again.

Unstitched 2019 (detail), Embroidery Cotton on Seedy Silk, 350 x 100mm
Unstitched 2019 (detail), Embroidery Cotton on Seedy Silk, 350 x 100mm
Unstitched 2019 (detail), Embroidery Cotton on Seedy Silk, 350 x 100mm