Artist Research: Michael Raedecker

Michael Raedecker is a contemporary artist whom combines both his painting skills and elements of textiles into his work to create really unique pieces of art work. It was suggested to me by a tutor whilst having a 1:1 to look into his work due to the fact that I have been struggling to decide which medium to use to create my final piece and given that Michael Raedecker uses the two different mediums that I have been trying to decide upon, looking at his work has given me an interesting insight into how I may be able to combine both.

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When looking at this work as an example you can see how he initially creates a watercolour piece and then builds upon it using embroidery. This in turn gives the piece of work texture and depth. When looking at the house within the piece it looks as if he has placed a light behind the piece when in actual fact he has used pink and yellow threads to create this effect. I feel that combining these two mediums has allowed him to get the best qualities out of each, as he may not be able create light with watercolour alone, however, with the use of embroidery this has become possible.

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This is one of his most famous pieces of work and below is the description for the piece from his profile on the Saatchi website.

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Another thing I find particularly interesting about Michael Raedecker is that he works to a very dull/ bland colour palette, yet there is a lot of depth and texture within his work. When I imagine the above piece of work without the embroidery I picture a very plain and flat piece of work and this is why his the unique approach of combining the two mediums works so well, for example the tree trunks have a three dimensional feel to them due to the lining of thread.

When considering my own piece of work I think it would be interesting for me to experiment with creating some sample pieces of underwater scenes using watercolours and then have a go at sewing into the samples in different areas to see what works well.

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http://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/michael_raedecker.htm

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