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Squeak Carnwath: “In Conversation”- Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Squeak Carnwath- “In Conversation with Squeak Carnwath”

“My paintings and prints draw upon the philosophical and mundane experiences of daily life to form lush fields of color combined with text, patterns, and identifiable images. My vocabulary is a personal one, but one that is accessible to a wide range of people. I am interested in our collective and individual responses to representation and memory. They also act as a record of my daily struggles, fears, and moments of clarity.”- Squeak Carnwath

Leah Levy wrote in Squeak Carnwath: Transformations, in Lists, Observations, & Counting- “The subjects of Carnwath’s works are the simple intimacies and subtle intricacies of life: modest objects that portend significance; the interrelationships of humans and other living beings; emotions and perceptions; and the element of time itself. In its exploration, Carnwath’s art emphasizes the way our lives are organized in and about the daily minutia that tend to echo a broader envisioning of space and time.”

Squeak has received numerous awards including the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, two Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Award for Individual Artists from the Flintridge Foundation. Carnwath is Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley. Publications featuring Carnwath’s work include: Squeak Carnwath: Lists, Observations, & Counting (1996); Squeak Carnwath: Painting is no Ordinary Object (2009); and Horizons on Fire: Works on Paper 1979-2013 (2014). Carnwath is a founding member and current president of the Artists’ Legacy Foundation. She lives and works in Oakland, California.


This lecture is funded in-part by a JSMA Academic Support grant in conjunction with the JSMA exhibition “Everyday is Not the Same: Squeak Carnwath’s Prints and Papers” in the Artist Project Space from February 6 – April 10, 2016.