Some inspiration from our collection for those cooking Thanksgiving meals today! A full-scale and exactingly detailed kitchen encrusted in a rainbow of glistening beads, Liza Lou’s monumental installation took five years to make. After researching kitchen design manuals as well as historical tracts about the lives of nineteenth-century women, the artist made drawings and three-dimensional models to achieve a loose outline of Kitchen’s floor plan. Lou then fashioned the objects out of paper mâché, painted them, and applied the beads in a mosaic of surface pattern.
[Liza Lou (b. 1969), Kitchen, 1991–95. Beads, plaster, wood, and found objects. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Peter Norton]