American visual artist Liza Lou creates awesome art installations using millions of tiny glass beads. Everything you see in these photos is made of or covered in beads.
Born in New York, Lou founded a studio collective in 2005 in South Africa, where the traditional craft of beadwork still thrives. Although she does not explicitly use African beading practices in her art, she works with Zulu artisans there who have worked with bead art for generations.
These photos show Liza Lou’s first major work, entitled Kitchen and Backyard, which was created over a 5 year period, from 1991 to 1996. Every single element of the full-scale replica of a suburban kitchen - the beautifully tiled walls and floor, the cabinetry, a bag of potato chips on a table (and the table), a pie in the oven (and the oven), and the dirty dishes and water in the sink - is covered in millions of hand-glued glass beads that were applied one at a time using tweezers.
Visit Liza Lou’s website to view more of her amazing artwork.