Tapestries Immortalize Sexts, Drugs, and Incriminating Selfies [NSFW]

It’s an image that’s already become a cliché in pop — and especially tabloid — culture, although we rarely see it in art: a nude or half-naked woman taking a cellphone photo of herself. These are the kind of moments Brooklyn-based artist Erin M. Riley captures in her tapestries, which juxtapose an ancient craft with contemporary trends and taboos. Aside from selfies, she has immortalized everything from birth control pills and used condoms to drug paraphernalia. “The images I am weaving are traditionally images that might be sent through Snapchat nowadays, or the ones that might be deleted after a hookup,” Riley explained in an interview with Arrested Motion. Click through for a selection of her tapestries, discovered via Beautiful/Decay; visit Riley’s website to see more of her work and learn about her current and upcoming exhibitions.

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Image credit: Erin M. Riley