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RE: Bead sculture by Lisa ????


From: Sears, Ellen (ESears_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Aug 01 2001 - 10:55:49 PDT

Liza Lou

Here is some information... could find some images - but not of the whole
kitchen - but then I am a real novice when it comes to searching.... the
blurb is from a Smithsonian site - the 'kitchen' will be there in a couple
of years...


Liza Lou's Kitchen and Back Yard
    September 12, 2003-January 25, 2004

    After her popular appearance at the Renwick Gallery in fall 2000, Liza
Lou returns to
    Washington D.C., with her two monumental beaded environments, Kitchen
(1995) and
    Back Yard (1997).

    The 168-square-foot Kitchen, completed in December 1995, brought Lou
fame almost
    overnight. From the dish-laden, overflowing, turquoise-colored sink, to
the shimmering
    cherry pie cooling on the oven rack just below it, to the glittering
dust balls beneath the
    refrigerator, Lou beaded every detail by hand. Back Yard, completed in
two years with the
    help of several hundred volunteers, covers 600 square feet, contains
250,000 blades of
    beaded grass and consists of more than 30 million glass beads.

    By exploiting the conventional classification of beads as feminine, Liza
Lou asks her
    audience to reconsider their notions of feminine archetypes, gender
roles and ultimately
    American culture. She places her work squarely within the realm of pop
art and stresses
    the element of fun inherent in her beaded environments. Her vision of
America is one in
    which material culture has reached its apex, a view that is
simultaneously witty and slightly