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Faces and Mazes: Lia Cook at University of North Texas Gallery

A-Maze Doll by Lia Cook, 2008

A-Maze Doll by Lia Cook, 2008

Faces and Mazes: Lia Cook
University of North Texas Gallery
Through December 12, 2009

California artist Lia Cook shows the rosy-cheeked faces of young girls in her artwork intricately woven into maze-like patterns using an electronic Jacquard loom.

Ten of Cook’s large-scale fiber works, along with smaller examples, will be on display Nov. 10 (Tuesday) – Dec. 12 (Saturday) in the exhibition, Faces and Mazes: Lia Cook, at the University of North Texas Art Gallery in the UNT Art Building, one block west of Mulberry and Welch streets. 

“The pieces are captivating in their scale and craftsmanship, and these qualities draw you in and encourage you to consider Cook’s imagery and its possible meanings,” said Tracee Robertson, director of the UNT Art Gallery.

Cook will deliver a lecture about her art at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 (Thursday) in the Eagle Student Services Center, Room 225, across from Willis Library with parking on Highland Street between avenues A and C. The traveling exhibition is organized by the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Cook is one of the first fiber artists to use the electronic Jacquard handloom as a fine art tool. Inspired by being in touch with childhood nostalgia, Cook’s juxtaposition of rose-cheeked flesh and glass countenances remarks on humanness and the texture of living, as well as the stereotype or expectation that young girls are doll-like.

Visit www.gallery.unt.edu for more information, including a link to a recorded lecture by Cook and additional info from the originating venue.

This catalogue and exhibition tour was made possible with the support of the Textiles, Clothing and Design Department, which is housed in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Friends of Fiber Art International have provided additional support, as have the host venues. The Friends of the Robert Hillstad Textiles Gallery provide ongoing support to the gallery for programming. At UNT, Faces & Mazes: Lia Cook is made possible in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and by contributions from the College of Visual Arts and Design Studio Department and the Fibers program.

About Lia Cook

Cook is a professor of art at the California College of Arts in Oakland, where she has dedicated herself as a teacher and colleague since 1976. As an undergraduate and graduate student she worked closely with Ed Rossbach at the University of California, Berkeley.

Cook has received numerous awards, including being named a Fellow of the American Craft Council in 1997 and a Gold Medal Award at the From Lausanne to Beijing: the 5th International Fiber Art Biennale exhibition in Beijing, China, in 2008, as well as the Excellence Award at the 1989 International Textile Competition in Kyoto, Japan. Her art work is also included in the Museum of Modern Art, the Renwick and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She actively exhibits her work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. For more information, visit www.liacook.com.

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