Laos Installation, Details, 2014

These images show the installation of the piece, Naga #2, at the Embassy of Laos in Vientiane, going down the wall from left to right. The textiles are all Lao from different regions of the country. They were gathered at markets and from mills on my visits there.

Many of the small pieces of woven cloth are often incorporated into clothing as borders on skirts or jackets. Some of the large tapestries are used as hangings.  The horizontal center blue & Tai Daeng weave tapestry is an antique.

The black “line” is velvet cording, weaving in and out of the spaces between the tapestries. In some places, examples of the silk thread used in weaving the tapestries were stretched out to intertwine with the materials laid out on the wall. I used two thousand brass nails to mount the cording as well as the tapestries. At one point in the middle of the installation, I believed that I was going to run out of nails. So I decided to use the velvet in broad strokes taking it straight across the materials on the wall instead of curving it over or around the tapestries. To some, this falsely appeared as though I was holding up the tapestries when, in fact, it was a pragmatic decision to save the number of nails that I had left. The straight “lines” complement the angularity of the Lao designs; the textile version of the Naga is an example.  

The title, Naga, is the name of the mythical dragon-like creature that protects the country. It lives in the Mekong River. Laos is not the only country which reveres the Naga.

These pictures are the only ones that were taken of the piece. I took them when I finished installing it. I take great risk in publishing them here.

 

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Naga detail 2

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Naga detail 8

 

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This shows a wedding collar posed in a V-shape. For me, this positioning signified the marriage of the two cultures, that of Laos and the United States, with me as the filter for the latter.

 

Naga detail 10

Naga detail 11

Drawing Installation, 1987

This drawing, entitled Parallel to Palladio, was installed in the office of the President of United Satellite Communications, Madison Avenue, New York, NY. The interior designer was Tom Mahoney, then working with GN Associates, New York.

Parallel to Palladio featured in interior design by Tom Mahoney, GN Associates, 1987

Cross MacKenzie Installation

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The drawings on the right were hanging in the former home of the Cross MacKenzie Gallery on Wisconsin Ave in Washington, DC 

70 ” Square Black & White Drawing, 2014

70 inch Square drawing Black on White, 2014

 

Maxwell MacKenzie Photo of Lyn Horton, 70 in Square Black and White drawing, Lobby of Cafritz Building, Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC, Architect Eric Colbert
Architectural photographer Maxwell MacKenzie’s photograph of drawing installed in the lobby of the Cafritz building at 5333 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC; Eric Colbert, architect.

Maine Residence Installation, 2019

Mary Douglas Drysdale also revisited a collector’s new home in Maine to reinstall my work.

MDD, Maine Residence, 2019

Interior Design Installation, 2013

 

Mary Douglas Drysdale again used my work in one of her designs.

Click photo to link up with a larger photo as written up on Luxe Magazine.

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My drawings, double-hung, mid-photograph.

 

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The two drawings are shown here in my first solo show at CrossMackenzie when the space was on Dupont Circle (all work mine except for the ceramic cylinder in bottom photo).

 

Interior Design Installations, 2016

Mary Douglas Drysdale, the reputed interior designer, incorporated my work in her bathroom design for a new line of bathroom fixtures created by American Standard.

This innovative styling won the National Kitchen and Bath Association award, 2014.

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Mary uses my work again for her leading work in Home & Design magazine.

Mary Douglas Drysdale, Top Designer in Home and Design

 

 

Strands, 2009

 

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Colored pencil on black gouache on black rag paper 22.5 inches in height and 60 inches in width. Detail below.

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Image from virtual tour of apartments at 5333 Connecticut Avenue showing Lyn Horton drawing
Image from Virtual Tour of 5333 Connecticut Avenue Apartment Building showing Strands.