Liza Lou, ‘Woven’, 2016, World House Editions

The image size of this work is 12 x 10 inches (30.48 x 25.4 cm).

For Woven, Liza Lou commissioned a cloth to be woven out of silver beads in Durban, South Africa. Once the cloth was in her Los Angeles studio, the artist laid a sheet of heavy Mylar over the weaving and then traced over every bead using a needle-thin drafting pen. She has said of the process, “In tracing the weaving, I circled the perfection and imperfection of every anonymous stitch. The incongruity and the wobble of my hand became part of it, too, holding hands across the miles.”

Signature: Signed, titled and numbered in pencil.

Publisher: World House Editions

About Liza Lou

In 1996, Liza Lou launched a highly successful international career with her exhibition of Kitchen (1991-95) at the New Museum in New York, a laboriously detailed, tongue-in-cheek re-creation of a kitchen, every inch of it covered in shimmering glass beads. Like Kitchen, much of Lou’s work is about work, and all of her sculptures, installations, and wall pieces are covered with glass beads. She explores darker themes, like endurance and the division of labor between the sexes, races, and classes, and lighter ones, like the pleasure of looking, in her work. “You are drawn in by the sheer volume of material and form and care and love,” she explains. “My work almost argues that the pleasure of looking is part of what it is to be alive.”

American, b. 1969, New York, New York, based in Los Angeles, California & Durban, South Africa