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.


Naga detail 1

Naga detail 2

Naga detail 3

Naga detail 4

Naga detail 5

Naga detail 6

Naga detail 7

Naga detail 8


Naga detail 9
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

Video of Wall Drawing Installation, Oresman Gallery, Smith College, 2008

Staying Connected: A Drawing Improvisation from Lyn Horton on Vimeo.

Wall Installation, Oresman Gallery, Smith College, 2008

The title of this show was “Staying Connected.” It was dedicated to Sol LeWitt, who passed away on April 8, 2007.


Wall Drawing- Smith, view from entrance to gallery) 08-9
View from Gallery entrance
Wall Drawing -Smith (left wall) 08-9
View of left-hand wall
Wall Drawing- Smith (end wall) 08-9
View of end wall
Wall Drawing-Smith (right wall) 08-9
View of right-hand wall
Wall Drawing- Smith ( detail mid left corner) 08-9
Detail where left-hand wall meets the end wall

The Naga, 2014

This piece was an experiment using acrylic wall paint and pigmented pen.

It was also a preparation for the installation in Vientiane, Laos, which looks nothing like this.

Lyn Horton, The Naga, 2014, wall drawing, 70 inches h x 128 inches w, house paint & pigmented pen WEB.jpg
Seventy inches height  by 128 inches across, house paint & pigmented pen on white painted wall

White Nylon Cord Installation, 2012

White Nylon Cord Installation 2012 010.jpg
White nylon rope mounted to a black painted wall with painted steel brads approximately 108 inches across by 72 inches in height. Detail below.

White Nylon Cord Installation 2012 011.JPG

Wall Piece, 2018-19

Lyn Horton, Wallpiece, 2019, 84 in h x 137 in w x 5.8 in d, ink on painted wall, velvet tubing and velvet flocking mounted with brass escutcheon pins wp
Velvet tubing & velvet flocking mounted with brass escutcheon pins and marker on white painted wall, 84 inches in height and 137 in width and 5.8 inches depth. Details below.




Velvet Installation, 2012

This is the first wall installation that I did.  It was time for me to change the way I carried out my ideas, harking back to the original wall pieces I did in 1971 at CalArts using velvet tubing.

It was becoming too difficult to store all my work so I wanted to move in a direction where I used the same medium repeatedly in different contexts.

It was a good idea.

It didn’t work out that way.


Lyn Horton, Velvet Installation, 2012, #1.jpg
Velvet tubing mounted on a black painted wall with steel brads, measuring approximately 96 in across by 70 inches in height. Detail below.

Lyn Horton, Velvet Installation, 2012, detail from right of center #2.jpg