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Detail shot of Liza Lou's Kitchen (1991–1996) created entirely out of glass beads

Detail shot of Liza Lou's Kitchen (1991–1996) created entirely out of glass beads

3 of 4: Detail: Liza Lou's first major work, “Kitchen”. It took the artist five years to cover every inch of a normal kitchen with glass beads, including the water in the sink and the dirty dishes. Liza Lou‘s art looks amazing, but it came with a high price. She was diagnosed with acute tendinitis while she was working on “Kitchen”, as she applied every glass bead individually, using tweezers. She received from The MacArthur Foundation, in 2002.

3 of 4: Detail: Liza Lou's first major work, “Kitchen”. It took the artist five years to cover every inch of a normal kitchen with glass beads, including the water in the sink and the dirty dishes. Liza Lou‘s art looks amazing, but it came with a high price. She was diagnosed with acute tendinitis while she was working on “Kitchen”, as she applied every glass bead individually, using tweezers. She received from The MacArthur Foundation, in 2002.

Kitchen: Bugle-bead installation  Liza Lou    "I'm curious, just to the point of death, I'm curious." (from This American Life interview) I get that statement. She says she isn't patient, but curious. I feel much of creating is like that for me.

Kitchen: Bugle-bead installation Liza Lou "I'm curious, just to the point of death, I'm curious." (from This American Life interview) I get that statement. She says she isn't patient, but curious. I feel much of creating is like that for me.

Amazing installations made of more than 30 million beads in more than 5 years by Liza Lou

Amazing installations made of more than 30 million beads in more than 5 years by Liza Lou

Liza Lou, Kitchen, 1991-94 (detail). I think this qualifies as a mosaic!   Stove with pie beads pasted on paper maché and wood, 196 square ft.

Liza Lou, Kitchen, 1991-94 (detail). I think this qualifies as a mosaic! Stove with pie beads pasted on paper maché and wood, 196 square ft.

4 of 4: Detail: Liza Lou's first major work, “Kitchen”. It took the artist five years to cover every inch of a normal kitchen with glass beads, including the water in the sink and the dirty dishes. Liza Lou‘s art looks amazing, but it came with a high price. She was diagnosed with acute tendinitis while she was working on “Kitchen”, as she applied every glass bead individually, using tweezers. She received from The MacArthur Foundation, in 2002.

4 of 4: Detail: Liza Lou's first major work, “Kitchen”. It took the artist five years to cover every inch of a normal kitchen with glass beads, including the water in the sink and the dirty dishes. Liza Lou‘s art looks amazing, but it came with a high price. She was diagnosed with acute tendinitis while she was working on “Kitchen”, as she applied every glass bead individually, using tweezers. She received from The MacArthur Foundation, in 2002.

Tom and Kathy Wegman

Tom and Kathy Wegman

Kitchen, 1991-1996. Room made of glass beads, wood, wire, plaster and artist's used appliances. 168 square feet; over 30 million beads. Artist: Liza Lou

Kitchen, 1991-1996. Room made of glass beads, wood, wire, plaster and artist's used appliances. 168 square feet; over 30 million beads. Artist: Liza Lou

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