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Mind and Touch

Lia Cook, USA

The lecture will include a quick overview of early work and its influence on the development of her most recent work. Lia Cook is a Berkeley-based visual artist whose practice combines weaving with painting, photography, video, and digital technology to explore the sensuality and materiality of the woven image and the emotional connection to memories of touch and cloth.

Working in collaboration with neuroscientists, her recent research centers around the nature of the emotional response to woven faces using both the neuroscience laboratory and behavioral studies done within exhibition space itself, often folding the collected visualized data back into her weavings. Her work also investigates the relationship between neurological brain structures and woven structures weaving them together in unexpected ways.

Lia Cook is the recipient of numerous awards including the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship and an Honorary Doctorate from California College of the Arts. Her works are in the permanent collections of the MOMA, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Cleveland Museum of Art; Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC; The National Collection, France; Museum Bellerive, Zurich; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; National Gallery of Australia; Zhejiang Art Museum and the National Silk Museum, China. Cook’s work has been included in many museum shows and solo exhibitions worldwide. She is Professor of Art, Emeritus, California College or the Arts.
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