A beady eye on art

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Liza Lou is a US artist who is based in South Africa. She uses in­tri­cate bead­work to recre­ate or­di­nary ob­jects, The re­sult is an in­tri­cate piece of art that makes you view the mun­dane in a new light.

Lou started her bead­ing project af­ter vis­it­ing South Africa in 2005. She now em­ploys 25 ar­ti­sans from KwaZulu-Natal to ac­tu­alise her cre­ations. Her lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion, Can­vas, takes the sur­face nor­mally ac­cepted as the ground for art and turns it into a piece in it­self. Each “can­vas” is cre­ated by thou­sands of in­tri­cate off-white and brown beads. We love how Lou is in­volv­ing South African women, and the metic­u­lous de­tail of her work is some­thing to be­hold.

– Grethe Koen

Can­vas is on at the Good­man Gallery in Park­wood, Joburg, un­til

Septem­ber 6

PHOTO: GOOD­MAN GALLERY

DO­MES­TIC BEAUTY Lou’s beaded de­ter­gent bot­tle from an ear­lier ex­hi­bi­tion

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