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Artist Elaina Varrone lives in Connecticut and loves embroidery so much that she can easily come with friends to a bar, get an embroidery frame and continue working on her paintings over a glass of beer. She first picked up a thread and a needle 15 years ago, as a student at the Maryland College of Art: then she embroidered the famous "Venus" by Botticelli, but today she prefers much more macabre subjects. Elaine can work for days on a portrait of an unknown cryptozoological beast, then switch to a story about funny girlfriends on the beach, then embroider a creepy face mask, and then transfer an erotic plot involving a monster onto the fabric.
Folklore motives and aesthetics are mixed in Varrone's embroidery with mysticism, eroticism and humor. The girl is inspired by pop culture (from classics of teenage horror films to books by Margaret Atwood), medieval drawings and works of contemporary artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith and Gada Amer. “One of my favorite things to do is search local real estate sites for pre-1900 homes and pretend that I can someday buy one,” says Elaine. Indeed, the ideal frame for her work would be the walls of a house with history - old, but not shabby, from just looking at such a person usually gives goosebumps.
As often as demons and skeletons, naked girls and sex scenes are found in Varrone's works. “I don’t want to sound harsh or arrogant, but I believe that the time has passed when artists used eroticism in their work simply to attract attention,” explains Elaina. - I do not embroider vaginas for the sake of shocking and I want to believe that my sense of humor and technicality create a respectful context for such stories. I do what I love and trust my instincts, so far they have never let me down. " Varrone can spend up to several weeks embroidering one story, she is very attentive to detail, so that the pictures end up being voluminous: a bottle of beer is like a real one, the clothes of the heroes are worked out to the smallest nuances, and their hairstyles look better than they would have done in a real hairdresser. From time to time, the artist releases badges with the most popular and beloved characters - you can buy them on Etsy, and it is most convenient to follow Elaine's work on Instagram.