work and experience it. I would love to be
a fly on the wall and hear what people
are saying when they look at my work.
You are not giving them anything but the
actual work, and sometimes it becomes
a black hole that they have to work their
way out of. A photograph just won’t do
it. There’s nothing like standing in front of
the work. It’s like standing in front of the
Grand Canyon, as opposed to looking at
a picture of it. There should be a spiritual
connection between the viewer and the
work, which happens only when standing
before the actual work. What the viewer
should come away with, I hope, is a version of what I went through to create it.
JIA: How did you react to the huge lobby
at the de Young Museum? Was the space
challenging or intimidating?
LD: Yes, I can do big. This is probably my
largest piece, but for me, small would
actually be more of a challenge. Making
Left: Number 25, 1992. Cotton, 108 x 120 x 46 in.
Below: Number 43, 1994. Fabric, plastic, rust,
string, and wood, 138 x 288 x 12 in.