Contact Sheet 130: Zoë Sheehan Saldaña
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Light Work (January 17, 2005)
Zoë Sheehan Saldaña embraces the changeable and pliable nature of photography. Her work creates a solid relationship between photography and digital techniques, sewing, cross-stitching, embroidery, and other craft processes. Sheehan Saldaña specializes in using computer technology to change a digital photograph into a stitching pattern, where each stitch represents one pixel of the image. Once the pattern is created, the stitching is either completed by hand, or with a high-tech computerized sewing machine. The end result is always a distinctive image, which appears fragmented when viewed up close, but blends into a comprehensive picture when viewed from a distance.
Her pieces are always rich in background story and meaning that is not always apparent in the final work of art. A piece may seem to be a decorative mural or a straightforward image of a young girl’s face in the midst of other faces. Below the surface though, the mural may depict America’s most dangerous intersection, or the girl may represent one of many missing people alerts found in the media and on the Internet.
This catalogue includes an essay by Jeffrey Hoone.
Zoë Sheehan Saldaña was born in 1973 in Massachusetts and lives and works in New York City. She studied at Oberlin College, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Showhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been shown nationwide. Sheehan Saldaña is currently an assistant professor of fine and performing arts at Baruch College in New York City.