Vidha Saumya’s cross-stitched works are ‘digital drawings’. These ‘digital drawings’ often begin with a found photograph – an exploding bus in a national protest, shattered window panes in a conflict zone, a peaceful sky over a war zone, or the rose bush outside her window. They are ‘digital’ not only because they pixelate an otherwise clear digital image with cross stitches but also because they scramble and dirty the visual data. With cross-stitches, she re-creates our delicate and overwhelming digital media.
Cross-stitch, one of the oldest and most versatile artistic media – makes the works at once tactile and distant. The stitches, which work like a moving screen of mosaics, play with the viewers’ sense of depth, adding an illusion of animation. Explosions, skies, wounds, flowers – the chosen images trigger universal emotions. When screened through the stitches, the meanings and pleasures become unique for each viewer beyond citing source images.