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I still consider myself a painter and find it difficult not to refer to these embroidered portraits as “paintings”. Although the medium employed is crewel embroidery wool, the technique borrows more from the worlds of drawing and painting.

Initially, working with an established range of wool colors proved frustrating. Unlike painting, I was unable to mix the colors by hand. Progressively, I created a system of sewing the threads in a sequence that would ultimately give the allusion of a certain color or tone. The direction in which the threads were sewn had to mimic the way lines are layered in a drawing to give the allusion of depth, volume, and form. Over time the stitches have become tighter and more complex but ultimately more evocative of flesh, hair, and cloth.

My work unabashedly nods its head to the tradition of tapestry and my own love of craft. Using wool instead of oils has allowed me to broaden the dialogue between portrait and process as well as propose a new definition for the word “painting”.

BIRTHDATE
b. 1971 Valparaiso, IN
EDUCATION
1998 MFA (Painting), Washington University, Saint Louis, MO
1994 BA (Painting), Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
EXHIBITIONS
2013 String Theory, Scott White Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
2012 Art Miami, (Solo Exhibition) Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
Resourced, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
2011 PULSE Miami, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
Multiple Stitches: Laura Ortiz Vega and Cayce Zavaglia, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
Here and Now, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
Story Lines: Contemporary Embroidery, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
2010 Cutting Edge, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
2009 PULSE Miami, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
Painting with Wool: New Embroidered Portraits, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY (Solo Exhibition)
Giving Face, Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York, NY
Narrative Thread, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
PULSE New York, Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery, New York, NY
2008 As Others See Us: The Contemporary Portrait, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
Summer Salon, Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery, New York, NY
PULSE New York, Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Material Attitudes, Regional Arts Commission, Saint Louis, Mo
2005 About Faces: Portraits Past and Present, Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, Staten Island, NY
2004 Women Only, Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, Saint Louis, MO
PUBLICATIONS
Surface Design Magazine, Summer 2012
Elle Décor, Artist Profile, April 2012
PUSH Stitchery, Lark Crafts/Sterling Publishing, 2011
Iconography of the Self, Fiber Arts Magazine, Summer 2011
New American Paintings: Volume 89, 2010
New American Paintings: Volume 53, 2004
Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, 05/09/04
COLLECTIONS
University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME
West Collection, Oaks, PA
Schoeni Gallery, Hong Kong
  • Cayce Zavaglia has been awarded a major exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis as part of the Great Rivers Biennial 2014. Her work will be presented along with the work of Brandon Anschultz and Carlie Trosclair at the exhibitions opening May 9, 2014.

  • Elle Decor Interview with Cayce Zavaglia

  • Colossal Studio Visit with Cayce Zavaglia: Portrait and Process

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For Pricing and Availability contact Lyons Wier Gallery @ 212.242.6220 or www.lyonswiergallery.com