Opposites compel Matthew Cox to create his embroidered x-rays. The stark clash of two such divergent materials, cloth and plastic, is the simple catalyst. One tactile and labor intensive, the other technical, and quickly a finished product. There's a wide historical context, one ancient, decorative, and artisanal, the other contemporary and devoid of aesthetic intention. For Cox, stitching has a nurturing aspect, and acts as care giving or healing to the injured, a socially feminine sort of action while the x-ray itself can be considered masculine and unemotional. Finally, his own recognition of what is beautiful (these separately became appealing to Cox at about the same time). As an artist who takes on tedious, labor-driven projects, Cox reacts to the ever-increasing presence of photography in contemporary art - by introducing the process of labor over the quick, slickness of film.