Illuminated by a typical festive light, a family celebrates a birthday. Through a classic embroidery, I try to represent the daily life of a solemn and deeply symbolic act that transcends ages and communities.
Traditions are rituals which are part of our personal and cultural identity. Celebrating birthdays is an activity we repeat regularly, and makes us feel immersed in routines to which we are accustomed and mark important moments for us.
Re-doing is the representation of a constant routine, repeated from time to time. Sometimes we are protagonists and other times, spectators; but we are always present in these traditional moments, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes unexpected.
In this image, I try to perpetuate a brief moment in which the candlelight is the protagonist, and used as a game that takes part of this tradition, invalidating itself in order to provide a scene in twilight. This embroidery not only highlights the domestic aspect of the technique, but also approaches pictorial styles such as pointillism and baroque. Through a simple straight stitch, I embroider on a black gabardine with cotton threads of different colors, respecting the space between stitches and integrating the background as a main element.