Sally Hewett’s embroidery specializes in the four B’s—boobs, butt, boners, and bagina, and it has resulted in an intriguing and sometimes troubling body of work that has gotten the attention of the people at Saatchi Art, where her works run as high as $800 a pop.
Here’s Hewett’s high-minded description of the meaning of her artworks, although I think we all know that the real reason is that dicks and tits and butts are awesome and hilarious:
Men and women almost ritualistically shave and remove hair from their bodies – beards, underarm hair, pubic hair, leg hair etc, whereas other hair – hair on the head, eyebrows, eyelashes – are valued and encouraged to flourish. But there is other hair which not everyone has. Sometimes this special hair seems to be reason to feel ashamed. A large number of women and men submit their bodies to extraordinary procedures in the name of convention or beauty – liposuction, implants, scarification, surgery, laser treatment, electrolysis etc.
There’s a lot more of Hewett’s works on her website. Hewett is a graduate of the Kent Institute of Art and Design, where her dissertation focused, perhaps predictably, on “Hair and Body Detritus in Art.”
The degree to which Hewett’s work stands out is worthy of note—it’s difficult to find analogues for her work. If you look up 2010’s The Subversive Stitch by Rozsika Parker, what you’ll get is a carefully considered academic treatment of embroidery and femininity—not exactly the same thing. And Diana Grygo’s ebook Extreme Bead Embroidery isn’t half as exciting as it sounds.
Without further ado, and I have to tell you, it feels like I’ve been waiting all my life to write these words, the following embroidery is NSFW.
Sisters under the Skin II (Painted Lady)
Puts Hair on Your Chest