The artist Liza Lou in front of The Waves, 2016, which consists of 1,000 unique dish towels made out of white beads. It goes on view in Salzburg this weekend. Credit: Byron du Bois.
In 1996, Liza Lou unveiled The Kitchen — a lifesize suburban kitchen rendered entirely in beads. The piece, which included a box of glittering Frosted Flakes and a cherry pie that gleamed like the crown jewels, took the artist five years to make. Soon followed Backyard, a vast suburban lawn, beaded down to the blades of grass. Since then, Lou's work has continued to involve beads, though it has evolved considerably in both method and subject matter. (She rendered a security fence entirely in beads in 2005, a life-size replica of a San Quentin jail cell from 2004 to 2006 and 365 woven pages stacked atop each other for The Book of Days in 2010.