fabric, thread, embroidery hoop, 3″ diameter
Confronting viewers with images of uncensored pornography, rendered in thread, Strahl’s Porn-broidery brooches place in public view imagery that is typically seen only in private. Worn on the lapel clandestine interests are confessed, open affirmation falsely branding the profane as mundane. The wearer must mediate between publicly regarded social mores, while openly acknowledging their familiarity/comfort with quasi-taboo subject matter. The tounge-in-cheek embroidery technique creates fuzzy-edges and an intimate scale, drawing viewers closer as the imagery comes into focus, resulting in a more shocking, up-close encounter with the wearer.