Scars, scratches, wrinkles and pigmentations are all markings that the body has, and each of them is associated with different memories, which has, in turn, become a way for us to relive our past. Unlike tattoos, plastic surgeries or whitening processes, which are all man-made body modifications, Sally Hewett is particularly attracted by atypical beauties. She shifted from being engaged in the professional law sector, to becoming a full-time embroidery artist, where her handmade works have helped her remember her personal principles. “Why are some natural parts of the body directly regarded to as being beautiful, ugly, or even to the point of disgusting, which causes nausea to people?” she asks.
“I am interested in how we see things and how we interpret what we see: does my particular way of representing bodies, using fabrics, stitching and embroidery, affect how the content of the work is seen? To some extent I see my work as an investigation of the divide between craft and art.” -- Sally Hewett
She has created a series of embroidery about surgery, where the piece Ectomy carries a tender story about her grandmother. Her grandmother had one of her breasts removed due to breast cancer. Her life is saved afterwards, and she appreciates this scar that has been left behind. Sally's sewing and embroidery skills are learnt from her grandmother. Another piece named Grace is a tribute to the Jamaican model and singer Grace Jones. “I had been looking at some photographs which showed her wonderful lipsticked lips!” and was influenced heavily by her signature image of being a tough, strong, and independent individual. Sugar Lips is an image of a child's lip after he or she has eaten a donut, and doesn’t realize that his or her lips are completely frosted with cluttered sprinkles of sugar, which represents the time when a person is truly able to enjoy something.
The body has become the marks on a person's life map. It is as unique as a fingerprint, adorning the body through time. Its beauty is completely unconventional and does not conform to any trends, making it something that can no longer be viewed objectively.
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