Cayce Zavaglia received her MFA from Washington University, St. Louis, MO and BA from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. Her embroideries have been shown at cultural institutions such as the Brattleboro Museum, VT, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, Staten Island, NY, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO and profiled in national publications such as Elle Décor, Surface Design Magazine, Fiber Arts Magazine and New American Paintings. Zavaglia’s work is part of the permanent collection at the University of Maine, Museum of Art, Bangor, ME, the West Collection in PA and the Shoeni Collection in Hong Kong, among others. The artist lives and works in St. Louis, MO.
2012 Resourced, Group Exhibition, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Multiple Stitches, Solo Show, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Here & Now, Inaugural Exhibition, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Storylines: Contemporary Embroidery, Craft Alliance, St Louis, MO
2010 SOFA Santa Fe, NM (Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY)
2010 Cutting Edge, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Pulse Miami (Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY)
2009 Painting with Wool, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
2009 Pulse NY, (Lyons Wier Gallery), New York, NY
2009 Narrative Thread, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
2008 As Others See Us, Brattleboro Museum, VT
2008 Summer Salon, Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Pulse New York (Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery), New York, NY
2007 Material Attitudes, Regional Arts Commission, Saint Louis, MO
2005 About Faces: Portraits Past and Present, Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, Staten Island, NY
2005 Portrait, Space B Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Women Only, Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, Saint Louis, MO
2000 Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, Saint Louis, MO
1999 Adams Hall Gallery, Wheaton, IL
1999 Innsbrook Estates, Innsbrook, MO
1998 Critical Mass, Saint Louis, MO
1996 Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
Detailed Description :
Originally trained as a painter, Cayce Zavaglia switched to embroidery eleven years ago in an attempt to reference an embroidered piece she had made as a child growing up in Australia. Zavaglia’s portraits of friends and family are hand sewn using crewel embroidery wool and take approximately 6-8 months to complete. From a distance, they read as photo-realistic paintings, and only after closer inspection does the work’s true construction reveal itself.
Zavaglia has developed a technique which has been described as “Modern Pointillism,” that allows her to blend colors and establish tonalities that truly resemble the techniques used in classical oil painting. The direction in which the threads are sewn mimic the way brush marks are layered within a painting which, in turn, allows the allusion of depth, volume, and form. Her stitching methodology borders on the obsessive. This system allows her to visually evoke painterly renditions of flesh, hair, and cloth.
Cayce Zavaglia’s embroidered portraits have facilitated her growing interest in a more re-contextualized approach to painting. By eliminating the use of paint to create her portraits and yet giving the illusion that it is still present, has allowed Zavaglia to further tighten the tension between portrait and process and ultimately propose a new definition for “painting”.
Her work has the remarkable ability to conceptually transport the viewer into the emotional make-up of the sitter, creating a dialogue between each piece and its audience. This capacity moves her work beyond its technical prowess and into the realm of Conceptual Realism.
Cayce Zavaglia Press Release