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LAST WORDS: An Installation

Julia Couzens 

September 7 - December 15, 2017



LAST WORDS is a gallery wide mixed media installation of text commemorating the final words we say. Using everyday materials such as blankets, pipe cleaners, table lamps, thread, and tape, Couzens creates a floor to ceiling, wall to wall ode to speech. The last words of people known to the world and of people known only to those close to them comprise the text of this installation. The identity of the speakers is intentionally anonymous for it is the universality of this exchange that LAST WORDS honors.


Julia Couzens

Julia Couzens has shown throughout the United States and in Belgium, India, and Japan. Often called “an artist’s artist,” her work is in numerous museum and public collections including the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Butler Institute of American Art; Crocker Art Museum; Oakland Museum; Weatherspoon Art Museum; and Yale University. Her work has been recognized with a Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship and has been reviewed in The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, The New Art Examiner, Flash Art, and artpractical.com.

Couzens has taught as visiting artist and adjunct faculty at University of California, Davis and Santa Cruz; California State University, Sacramento; Scripps College of the Claremont Colleges; the San Francisco Art Institute; and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Couzens has also written on contemporary art for The Sacramento Bee and squarecylinder.com.

Couzens was born in Auburn, California and received her M.F.A. from University of California, Davis in 1990. She divides her time between the Sacramento River delta community of Clarksburg and Los Angeles.


 



LAST WORDS: An Installation

Julia Couzens 

September 7 - December 15, 2017