What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Life, Embellished


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Aline Brant

Brazilian photographer Aline Brant’s current project uses embroidery to add delicate elements to her strong, realistic portraits of women and men. According to Brant, the project is intended as an homage to the work of American poet, Jungian psychoanalyst, post-trauma specialist, writer, and spoken word artist Clarissa Pinkola Estés. After reading a bit about Estés’s post-trauma work with soldiers, many who had lost limbs or use of their limbs, with PTSD sufferers, and with children who had suffered trauma, I have drawn the conclusion that Brant’s embroidered photos are making the point that scars can be beautiful and can add to who we are. That interpretation may be a bit literal, but I don’t think I’m too far off from the artist’s message.

Brant’s wonderful project, along with her other work, can be viewed on her website, and on Facebook and Instagram.

All images are the property of Aline Brant.

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “Life, Embellished

  1. These are just wonderful!

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  2. Oh Donna, this is pure magic! Absolutely love her work and I have read many books by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. Great tribute! 💕

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  3. These are stunning, touching, visceral, everything.

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  4. WOW!!!!! Especially the very pregnant ones!!! Thank you for finding these!!!

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  5. I’ve never seen photography and embroidery combined before. I love it! Without your relaying of the artist’s statement, however, I never would have read them as scars or about expressing anything to do with trauma. I saw them almost as being auras or projections of the soul, joyous shadow selves. Very interesting.

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  6. What an incredible combination and very haunting and thought provoking. True Art! Love Estes work too.

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