Artist Sews Portraits Into His Palms

David Cata
 
This has got to be one of the most bizarre art-forms we have ever came across, next to soap made out of human fat. Spanish artist David Cata has taken embroidery to a whole new level. Armed with a needle and thread, he weaves in and out of the skin on his palms embroidering portraits of people who have made an impact in his life. He calls this series “a flor de piel”, which translates to “Under My Skin”.
 
While this may be body modification in the name of art, it is still pretty disturbing. Granted that David does not sew right into his flesh, instead he just embroiders the top layer of his skin which does not hurt but he occasionally does pierce his flesh by accident. When he is done with his palm embroidery and have taken photos to document it, he will proceed to brutally rip the stitches off his palm which most of the time results in blood spilling out.
 
David Cata
 
According to David, Under the Skin is his form of an “autobiographical diary” that is supported by his body. On it, he writes the story of his life. He says that he sews on the palm of his hand, “the faces of all the people who, somehow, have marked me throughout my life, family, friends, couples, teachers. Their lives are interwoven with mine to build my story, a story that ends when I run out of leaves to write about.”
 
On his website, David wrote: “Every people we meet makes us in some way. Their image projects on us, reminding us where we came from. Their lives turn into a part of ours. Every stitch over my skin represent them.”
 
“Every moment lived stays in the memory to be finally forgotten,” he said. “Somehow, this fact is painful, since there are only material things and traces that people leave behind.” It seems like David chose this bizarre form of art to symbolize union and separation; pain and love in the act of sewing beautiful portraits of people into his palms and then ripping them out.
 
“Physical pain is not a boundary,” David adds. “It unites us more by thinking that my hand has been marked, by thinking that, at that time, my hand has touched their hand.”
 
David Cata
 
David Cata
 
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