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Facing Touch

A work made of cotton and rayon, weaving on digital hand loom.

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  • A work made of cotton and rayon, weaving on digital hand loom.

Date:

2011

Artist:

Lia Cook (American, b. 1942)

About this artwork

Lia Cook has long been occupied by issues of sensory perception. In addition to visual concerns, she has considered the sense of touch and how our brains react to the desire for tactile contact. Cook worked with scientists to compare the brain’s response to viewing a woven image of a face with the response to viewing a photographic image of the same woven face. She discovered that seeing the woven image triggered greater activity in that part of the brain affected most by touch. Facing Touch illustrates this experiment. The test subject, dressed in a cap trailing the sensors that measure his neural responses, reaches out to touch a woven image, actually an enlarged version of Cook’s own Binary Traces: Young Girl, created in 2004.
—A Global View: Recent Acquisitions of Textiles, 2012-2016, April 8-September 5, 2016, Galleries 57-59

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Lia Cook

Title

Facing Touch

Origin

California

Date

Made 2011

Medium

Cotton and rayon, weaving on digital hand loom

Dimensions

137.2 × 130.2 cm (54 × 51 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by the Textile Society

Reference Number

2016.79

Extended information about this artwork

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