Residency – Sharon Mossbeck

Cross Stitch

I am a visual artist based in Sheffield. My work focuses on themes of death and religion, often presented in a vibrant, hedonistic manner. While based on themes of death, my work is more easily read as a celebration of life while questioning what may happen beyond. I work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture using found objects, photography and textiles.

My residency with Bank Street Arts will be a cross-stitch based project. I have been sewing for over 20 years and I am interested in working in the medium within a fine art context. The project will involve other people interpreting a pattern I have designed based on a strand of DNA. The participants are welcome to interpret the pattern as they wish, as long as it is stitched onto 14 count Aida (cross-stitch fabric), so that all works conform to the same size.

The inspiration for the project comes from the three Fates of Ancient Greek Myth; three women who spin, allot and cut each person’s thread of life, thus defining their lifespan. I will also be undertaking a large scale cross-stitch piece of my own, which will again be inspired by the Fates.

See website for further details.