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

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
16056 in. (406.4142.2 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
Linked Open Data
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