Andrea Dezsö:Lessons From My Mother cotton and metallic floss embroidery on cotton fabric 2006 5X5 inches each.
Best in Show in The Village Voice 2007
The Transylvanian-born Dezsö has embroidered dozens of her mother's sayings and arrayed them along the close-set walls of a maze-like corridor. Each of these small pieces includes neatly stitched diagrams and begins with the statement "My mother claimed that…" followed by such homilies as "…you should not hold back your bowel movement or else the feces will come out through your mouth" and "my sister was a rubber accident." The latter image includes a blue condom surrounded by beaded spermatozoa with wriggling metallic-thread tails.Such homey and intimate details recall Philip Larkin's pithy lament: "They fuck you up, your mum and dad"
– R.C. Baker, The Village Voice
The Curious Genius of Fine Art Embroidery