I combine the slow and meditative process of hand-sewn embroidery with the technologically more immediate medium of photography. I use an older art form, embroidery, refracted through a modern one, photography, to create structured objects that are embodiments of both fragmentation and focused concentration. I hand stitch intricate puzzles using needle and thread over color and black and white and color photographs that I have taken. The sewn patterns are colored textured drawings, which serve as webs and grids over the photographs, providing another dimension to the images. The sewing creates a filtered experience; much the way emotions and personal history alter everyday perception.
Melissa Zexter has exhibited throughout the United States including shows at Kenise Barnes Fine Art, New York, Muriel Guepin Gallery, Brooklyn, Carrie Haddad Photography, Hudson NY, The International Center of Photography, NY, Hallspace Gallery in Boston, MA, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Creiger Dane Gallery, Boston, MA. Her work has been published and reviewed in numerous publications including AfterImage, The New York Times, The Boston Herald, Time Out Chicago, The New Yorker, Art New England, The Village Voice, and New York Magazine .Zexter currently teaches at The Dalton School, NYC. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from New York University.