D-Ring Muse Project

Embroidery is an activity of intranquillity, an immobile journey agitated by the rhythm of the repetitive gesture. I embroider everywhere, in parks, in the subways, in waiting areas. My embroidery absorbs my environment at the same time as it projects itself outwards. This posture in the urban space is at the origin of the collages and the large cross-stitch grids of the D-Ring Muses series.
I started this work during the first lockdown in March 2020. At that time of general closure, the only activity allowed was walking. Walking in a city that suddenly offered no diversion, a city deserted by human activity, that revealed wounds, flaws, incompleteness. Graffiti, torn posters, outdated advertisements, abandoned scaffolding gained in visual intensity. I created embroidered collages and then cross-stitched tarpaulins from this visual wandering. It reflects the uncertainty, an unusual anguish, that apocalyptic something that oozed from the Berlin walls.

D-Ring Muse Project Photo: Emmanuelle Rapin
Photo: Emmanuelle Rapin
D-Ring Muse 1

Embroidery on collage, 30cmx42cm, 2020

Photo: Emmanuelle Rapin
Cross Stitch D-Ring Muse 1

Print on mesh, 200cmx150cm

Photo: Emmanuelle Rapin
Cross stitch D-Ring Muse 1, detail
Photo: Emmanuelle Rapin
D-Ring Muse 2

Embroidery on collage, 30cmx42cm, 2020

Photo: Emmanuelle Rapin
D-Ring Muse 2, detail
Photo: Emmanuelle Rapin
D-Ring Muse 2, detail
Photo: Emmanuelle Rapin
D-Ring Muse 3

Embroidery on collage, 30cmx42cm, 2020

Photo: Emmanuelle Rapin
D-Ring Muse 3, detail
Photo: Emmanuelle Rapin
D-Ring Muse 4

Embroidery on collage, 30cmx42cm, 2021

Photo: Emmanuelle Rapin
D-Ring Muse 4, detail
Photo: Emmanuelle Rapin
D-Ring Muse 5

Collage, 30cmx42cm, 2021

Photo: Emmanuelle Rapin
Cross Stitch D-Ring Muse 5

Print on mesh, 200cmx150cm, 2021

Photo: Emmanuelle Rapin
Cross stitch D-Ring Muse 5, detail
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