X-rays by Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox tapestry stitches into x-rays and MRI scans to add colour, depth and texture to them. I really like these because they flip the purpose of x-rays and MRIs on their head. X-rays are meant to strip away all the flesh and blood to show your bones and what may be wrong with them, Cox’s work adds all that back on.

What makes his way of adding on really interesting is that under all the flesh and blood, we basically have the same/similar skeletons so he has to improvise a lot of what he’s putting on top of them.

The use of tapestry stitch reminds me of Frankenstein’s monster. It’s like he’s taking loads of bits of people and stitching them back together.


I found these two in particular nice because they look like the skeleton is wading through this nature filled place. It kind of reminds me of a scene in Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Askaban where the dementors glide over a field and all the flowers die. The contrast between the bones and the plants is really nice because it’s like life and death compared in one shot.



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