David Cata Palm {E} Portrait Artist Feature

by Christina Diaz

Palm-stitched Portraits

We’re all familiar with memorial tattoos or commemorative pieces of close friends and relatives right?

Artist David Cata has developed an unconventional way of memorializing his loved ones. He uses his skin as a canvas…sort of. He stitches their faces into the palm of his hand, physically sewing their eyes, noses, hair – the whole nine onto his own palm.

In his interview with the Huffington Post, David Cata explains that “This project is the result of an intense investigation that I’ve been working on for a long time about how family memories matter. [This series] came out as an autobiographical diary. It is essential for me that the portraits are sewn on the palm of my hand because this represents the link I have with these people, how they leave their print on me after their passing through my life.”

This unusual portrait series titled “Overexposed Emotions,” began while Cata was studying for his Master’s Degree of Conceptual Photography at Escuela de Fotografía y Centro de Imagen (EFTI) in Madrid. Cata asserts that he endures very little pain during the procedure “but the skin does suffer mild damage, and the palms regenerate in three to four weeks, leaving a “performative” scar — a physical mark that mirrors the symbolic mark that people leave on his life.”

He’s embroidered over 20 portraits into his palm including his aunt, grandfather, school professor and his girlfriend. What do you think about his palm portraits? Comment below.

Wanna see more of David Cata’s  palm art. Check out the original story on the Huffington Post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/23/david-cata_n_4647070.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

David Cata Palm {E} Portrait Artist Feature