Liza Lou works not with paint, but with beads. Her most famous work is the one below Kitchen, which took five years to complete. It gave her tendinitis. It also upset all her art teachers. But in the end, she was awarded a genius grant for her work, and continues to work in beads now.
Born in New York City in 1969, Liza Lou first gained attention when her room-size sculpture, Kitchen was shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York in 1996. Begun by the artist when she was twenty, this ground breaking work - five years in it's making, introduced glass beads as Lou's primary art material and along with subsequent room-size sculptures and performances, established many of the social and political themes, such as women's issues, social justice and human endurance that continues to underscore her practice today.
In 2005, Lou founded a collective with Zulu artisans in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. While Lou does not borrow from the tradition of African beadwork, her recent sculpture and woven paintings are meditations upon process, the impossibility of perfection, and what Lou terms, 'the culpability of craft.'
Liza Lou has participated in numerous solo museum exhibitions internationally including Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah;Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica and Fondació Joan Miró, Espai 13, Barcelona. Lou has participated in numerous group exhibitions including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. She is the recipient of a 2002 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Liza Lou, “Kitchen”