Julia Couzens

Work

Julia Couzens | Textile Tag #8 | 2018 | 9.25 x 11 inches

Julia Couzens | Textile Tag #36 | 2018 | 9 x 11 inches

Julia Couzens | Textile Tag #19 | 2018 | 9.25 x 10.75 inches

Julia Couzens | Textile Tag #12 | 2018 | 8.75 x 11 inches

Julia Couzens | Textile Tag #32 | 2018 | 9 x 11.25 inches

Julia Couzens, “Textile Tag #5,” 2018, 8.75 x 11 in (2048px social media) copy

Julia Couzens | Textile Tag #41 | 2018 | 8.75 x 10.75 inches

Julia Couzens | Textile Tag #49 (Bruce Conner Alteration) | 2019 | 11 x 9 inches

Julia Couzens | Textile Tag #58 | 2019 | 11 x 9 inches

Julia Couzens | Textile Tag #43 | 2018 | 9 x 11 inches

Julia Couzens | Textile Tag #5 | 2018 | 8.75 x 11 inches

Julia Couzens | Textile Tag #7 | 2018 | 8.75 x 10.5 inches

Julia Couzens | Textile Tag #54 (Damien Hirst Alteration) | 2019 | 11 x 9 inches

Julia Couzens | Textile Tag #51 | 2019 | 11 x 9 inches

Julia Couzens | Textile Tag #52 | 2019 | 11 x 9 inches

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

Videos

In Conversation: Jenni Sorkin & Julia Couzens

Zoom Date: Saturday, April 10th at 1pm PST.

Julia Couzens ☆ Stitch ‘n Bitch

April 3rd – May 22, 2021

Jenni Sorkin is Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She writes on the intersections between gender, material culture, and contemporary art, working primarily on women artists and underrepresented media. Her publications include Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community, Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women Artists, 1947–2016, and numerous essays in journals and exhibition catalogs. She was educated at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bard College, and received her PhD from Yale University. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Modern Craft.

In Response: Julia Couzens

… I am mostly at sea in the studio, adrift in reverie on good days, awash in doubt on the bad.  But forty years of working has taught me that moves come from failure and from the work I make while waiting in the wings.  These are creative truths that can be brought to our community life.  I don’t think we should hold on to “back to normal” or rebuild old orders and routines.  My best work comes from letting go of what I know.  Not knowing is the richest place to be if we are willing to let go and evolve, if we are willing to let these current events change us.

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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.

BIO

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

Press

April 29, 2021
squarecylinder
November 2, 2018
Squarecylinder.com
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