Traces: Big Beach Baby

  • Lia Cook, Traces: Big Beach Baby, 2001, cotton, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003), 2004.2, © 2001, Lia Cook

Exhibition Label

To create her expressive "woven paintings," Lia Cook paints strips of fabric and weaves them together with a computer-aided handloom. Despite the use of high-tech tools, her figures appear lifelike, emphasizing the connection between the sensuousness of cloth and lived experience. In Traces: Big Beach Baby, Cook also uses fabric to suggest humankind's vulnerability and fragility: as the viewer moves closer to the work, an intimate family portrait dissolves into a dense field of threads.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019


Title
Traces: Big Beach Baby
Artist
Date
2001
Location
Dimensions
160 x 56 in. (406.4 x 142.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003)

Mediums Description
cotton
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure – child – bust
Object Number
2004.2
Palette
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