The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Candace Couse

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Candace Couse Opens in a new a mixed media artist from Ontario, Canada.

Candace Couse - Hand Over Foot

“Predominantly working with 2D painting/drawing, installation and video, Candace Couse explores issues surrounding space, place, and the body. Her work eagerly engages with the idea of personal geographies as intimate approaches to orientation and identity that are profoundly detached from collective knowledge and public geographies.

Candace Couse - Waste installation

“In her most recent work, Waste, she explores ideas of malady, the body, relationships and loss through the internal, and deeply private realms of the body. Resembling something in between soft and tempting medical charts that beg to be touched, and the cross slices of anatomical studies, these organs form relationships that connect, disconnect and leave wounds in a montage typically reserved for the world beyond the skin.

Candace Couse - Landlocked

“Couse earned a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada with Honours, 2008 and a Master of Fine Art at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2010. Her work has been exhibited across North America and in Europe. She has recently had the honour of completing Sick/Malade, a film with The National Film Board of Canada, was a finalist for the Primio Arte Laguna, an international competition organized by the Cultural Association, Modern Contemporary Art (MoCA) and been invited as an artist in residence with iaab in Basel, Switzerland and Artfunkl in Manchester, England.

Candace Couse - Jaw


We’ve seen a few examplesOpens in a new tab. of people exploringOpens in a new tab. anatomy through stitch, but I’m impressed with the breadth of Candace’s work. From stitched illustrations through to full blown installation pieces, it’s clear that she’s on a path of discovery and it’s great to see.

Candace Couse - I Thought You Knew

As with many of these types of work, the use of stitch makes it easier to digest and address the content of the work, and Candace’s use of thread and yarn clearly shows that she is comfortable across a wide range of media.

Candace Couse - Waste detail

Visit Candace’s website to see even more of her impressive range of work.


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Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, aka the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery is the founder of the Mr X Stitch site, the world's longest running embroidery blog, the curator of PUSH Stitchery and the author of the Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch. He is also the founder of XStitch, the game-changing cross stitch design magazine which launched in Summer 2017.

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