Chilean artist, Jose Romussi, ‘defaces’ found photographs through the endowment of embroidery. His choice of content is random, all dependant on concept or the style of a photograph that attracts him at the outset. The influence of the present tense for the artist is what informs his design process- in what he sees within the image to either enhance an aesthetic or contradict the content by ‘using thread to merge different time spaces’; it becomes open to interpretation by the observer as the images speak for themselves. Since transferring from landscape design to art, Jose has amassed a significant following for his silk screens which had emerged after a long winded stylistic search through such mediums as painting and collages, and ultimately realising an appropriate platform for conveying creative initiative. The process has developed rapidly through equal measures of actively creating and learning over the space of the past three years since his previous occupation. He hopes to continue drawing extensive audiences via his juxtaposition of black and white photographs with vibrant threaded motifs which take on the forms of the mundane, and recognisable detail whether that is flowers, skulls, geometry or calligraphy as he applies ‘new emotion, a new life and a new interpretation of beauty.’

Jose currently resides in Berlin, a city which he has a true affinity with. He claims it is there that he is most comfortable to work, secured by the abundance of contemporary art on hand in the city. The community of artists and infinite exhibitions situated there prove indispensable to his practice. Jose finds that by surrounding himself with the current affairs circulating the arts world, the city supplies an invariable stream of energy to fuel his work. At most, you can expect his work to be at a comfortable size to accommodate the time and effort spent by embroidering by hand - not to mention the difficulties of stitching paper [which can become subject to tearing unlike the malleability of fabric.] Although projects such as ‘kunst im untergrund’ [art in the underground] have progressed in size to compensate for the space they are occupying, overwhelming commuters with their impressive stature and elusive vibrancy.

Having previously joined forces with Chilean photographer Rocio Aguirre and LA photographer Amanda Charchian, on the String Figure Project and Xserie respectively, Jose is keen to evolve his current work method to taking on the role of photographer and ‘embroiderer’ to control the content of the image from the start rather than producing found material interventions. This is an advancement that is very important to the artist as the results will portray personal perspective and intention in its entirety. We are intrigued by this prospect although, intervention or not, we are still in particular adoration of ‘Xserie’s’ macabre sensuality and affliation with ‘Dias de los meurtos, ‘ and further still the idiosyncrasy/ familiarity rapport of ’kunst im untergrund.’ Hopefully you will appreciate Jose’s work as much as we do.

More delights to be found at www.joseromussi.com

Feature by Amber Scarlett / amber@thirstforvision.com


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