Julia Couzens


Julia Couzens / LSB 18-01/ 2018 / mixed materials / 6.5 x 5.5 x 4 inches

Julia Couzens / LSB 18-04/ 2018 / mixed materials / 7 x 10 x 4.25 inches

Julia Couzens / LSB 18-05/ 2018 / mixed materials / 7.5 x 7 x 3 inches

Julia Couzens / Coquette / 2017 / mixed materials / 9 x 10.5 x 6 inches

Julia Couzens / LSB 18-03/ 2018 / mixed materials / 5.5 x 5 x 3 inches

Julia Couzens / LSB 18-03/ 2018 / mixed materials / 5.5 x 5 x 3 inches

Julia Couzens / LSB 18-02 / 2016 / mixed materials / 6 x 6 x 5.25 inches

Julia Couzens / LSB 16-23/ 2018 / mixed materials / 6 x 5.25 x 3 inches

Julia Couzens / LSB 16-15/ 2018 / mixed materials / 6.5 x 6.5 x 4 inches

Assembled / Julia Couzens installation view

Assembled / Julia Couzens installation view

Assembled / Julia Couzens installation view


Julia Couzens created a compelling installation of gathered last words presented at the California State University, Sacramento. In the University Library Gallery visitors to the exhibition were treated to an expanse of textures and colors that captured the diverse phrases that Julia chose from contemporary and historical research. These phrases offered to her were recreated in fabric, wire and many other materials.


There’s a centuries-strong tradition of artists working with fiber to wrap, stretch, contort and otherwise manipulate over, into, and around inanimate objects forming figurative and abstract sculptural forms. Sheila Hicks, Shinique Smith, and Outsider artist Judith Scott are among them. Julia Couzens’s hybrid practice expands upon this legacy of exploring the many aspects of working with fiber and textiles.

Receiving her MFA from the University of California, Davis, Julia Couzens began working with fiber in the 1990s. Conversant with Modernist sculptural traditions, she pivots craft and domestic textile traditions into drawing, painting and sculpture. Couzens views her studio practice as a collaboration with anonymous others as she stitches, bundles, and sutures fabrics that have history, or in lay terms, used, discarded, worn, damaged mercantile goods. Layering her collection of materials, she composes intricate fabrications into “metaphorical objects of memory.”  With wire armatures these floating gestural riffs on tapestries punctuate  the environment like elaborate woven satellites.

Julia Couzens received the The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, New York and the Art Matters Foundation Award, New York. Collections include Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, CT; Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC; The Frederick Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA; University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, The Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, CA. Exhibitions include Armand Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; and Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, NV among others.

Julia Couzens CV


November 2, 2018
October 29, 2018
Two Coats of Paint
July 12, 2018
Voyage Mia
September 25, 2017
Sacramento Bee
December 26, 2013
California State University Stanislaus
July 15, 2010
Open Space
Press Continued