Artist Ana Teresa Barboza Crafts Provocatively Dark Depictions

The work of Spanish artist Ana Teresa Barboza is not what people would expect when it comes to the medium of embroidery. Racy, provocative and somewhat controversial, the mixed media images are definitely not something one's grandmother would fashion. Inappropriate for children as well, Ana Teresa Barboza depicts women tugging at their exposed organs, animals getting a little too close to humans and other surreal scenarios.

With a particular affinity towards the human form, Ana Teresa Barboza imagines situations in which people are forced to reevaluate their bodies. As Beautiful Decay puts it, "Barboza’s work also makes us deeply aware of the internality/externality of our bodies and the primality with which they exist in relation to others." Nevertheless, the use of embroidery keeps otherwise dark depictions lighthearted.