All that glitters is not gold – sometimes it is glass. And with Liza Lou this would be in the form of millions of beads. She brings meticulously beautiful shimmer to the mundane American cultural experience with her large scale sculptural installations. The “Queen of Beads” has endeavored such massive projects as Kitchen (including the sink) and Backyard (one blade of grass at a time), created portraits of every American president from Washington to Clinton, and even beaded prison cells. Her work has graced the halls of Grand Central Station and Lever House Lobby in New York as well as been exhibited in galleries of note – White Cube in London and Deitch Projects in New York.
Her early pop-iconic work is of course glittering, but it now appears to be evolving into something even more illuminating: