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Lia Cook

Berkeley, CA
Lia Cook, a leading, innovative fiber artist, creates striking contemporary portraits by building on the traditional fiber craft of weaving. Starting from scans of small photographs of herself as a child or young woman, she uses a digital Jacquard hand loom to create large scale works that convey the mystery of human presence. Working recently with a group of neuroscience researchers to map areas of the brain active while experiencing the emotional response to the woven face, she weaves visualized data back into the portraits. Woven into some of Cook’s portraits is a layer of neural connections within her brain. As the viewer gets closer to her work the faces dissolve into mazes of thread and considerations of the act of looking come to mind as well as memories and experiences of the tactile.