An interview of Gyöngy Laky conducted 2007 December 11-12, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Laky's home and studio, in San Francisco, California.
Laky speaks of her recent exhibitions; leaving Hungary as a child; using words in art; learning languages; family influences in her art; the family art gallery and Chinese painting; changing majors in college; working with various materials; using recycled materials in her work; retirement; planning her works; working with assistants; working with a small community in Europe; construction of her works; using computers to create art; the craft "renaissance"; scale and outdoor projects; working with dealers and commissioned pieces; emphasis on negative space. Laky also recalls Emile Lahner, Mary Dumas, Ed Rossbach, Judy Foosaner, Peter Voulkos, Joanne Branford, Lillian Elliott, Henry Miller, Louise Nevelson, Darryl Dobras, Brett Christiansen, Kim Ocampo, Jack Lenor Larsen, Martin Puryear, Ann Hamilton, Suzi Gablik, Susan Sontag, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Gyöngy Laky (1944- ) is a textile artist from San Francisco, California. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is a curator and writer from San Francisco, California.
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 8 min.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Three lectures, a panel discussion and an interview on six DVDs with fiber artists Lillian Elliott and Joanne Segal Brandford compiled by colleague and friend, Patricia Hickman. Included are three lectures conducted at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, two by Lillian Elliott and one by Joann Segal Brandford, 1991-1993; a panel discussion including Lillian Elliott entitled, "The Walls Come Down: The Crafting of America," 1993, University of Hawaii, Honolulu; and a two part interview of Joanne Segal Brandford conducted by Lillian Elliott and recorded by Paul Brandford, 1993. Also included is documentation detailing the contents of each recording contained on a flash drive.
Biographical / Historical:
Patricia Hickman (1941- ) is a fiber artist and sculptor in Berkeley, California, Kailua, Hawaii, and Haverstraw, New York. Lillian Elliott (1930 -1994) and Joanne Segal Brandford (1933- 1994) were fiber artsts in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Donated 2015 by Patrica Hickman, a friend and colleague of Elliott and Branford. Hickman compiled the material in honor of the fiber artists.
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.