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.
This colourful beadwork wedding purse features deer and dragon motifs. Not only are the glass beads minuscule (typically imported from Europe), Nonyas (Chinese Peranakan women) are well-known for their skillfulness in embroidery and beadwork. thousands of them have been painstakingly threaded together to create the densely beaded design.