“Despite the involvement of man-made technology, the figures Cook paints seem to live and breathe from their poses in silk, rayon and abaca (banana plant fiber). In Point of Touch: Bathsheba, hidden hands reach out to touch the woman pressing the sumptuous cloth to her skin. “Those hands woven into the cloth underscore the notion of tactility and the sensuousness of the point of touch,” – Jeremy Adamson, Renwick Gallery curator.
“I create sensual and complex works that focus on the meaning of cloth and what that suggests about being human and vulnerable,” said Cook, who has studied textiles and lectured around the globe. “I’m attracted not only to the physical properties of woven cloth, but the meaning of textiles in a variety of cultures throughout history.” – from Lia Cook: Material Allusions exhibition (Washington D.C.: National Museum of American Art)
Rayon, cotton woven
36” x 53”