Squeak Carnwath

An artist whose career has spanned five decades, Carnwath has cultivated a distinctive blend of disparate 1970s art movements, including new image painting, conceptual art, and process art. As such, her paintings speak several languages at once. Areas of flat color are adrift with abstraction, representational elements, and writing—passing thoughts, the news, quips—often partly submerged in the shuffle of erasures and new additions. Despite a loose, improvisational appearance, her artworks contain hidden moments of trompe l’oeil, such as pencil writing and charcoal scribbles rendered in paint. Carnwath’s idea of process is all-inclusive, combining the physical making of the painting with her thoughts, the world at large, and life in the studio.


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