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Living Rooms: SouthEast-One, with lights, action

A work made of oil on canvas.
© 2005 Julia Fish

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Julia Fish
American, born 1950

About this artwork

Julia Fish’s methodical, meditative paintings are abstracted and excerpted from her own personal experiences, memories, and immediate surroundings. Since 1991 she has drawn most often from the architectural elements of her home. “The house has become a constant companion—in a sense I live inside the subject of my work,” she has said. Shifting her perspective and relation to her surrounding environment, Fish’s Living Room paintings began as tracings from her residence’s second-floor plan: the sources of light and repeated movements are indicated by a set of marks and signs, specific to the images of each of 10 rooms. With tremendous authority and skill, Fish turns mindful recordings of studied details from her everyday experiences into a practical and strategic reflection on minimal representation and the ordinary structures that surround our daily lives.


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Contemporary Art


Julia Fish


Living Rooms: SouthEast-One, with lights, action


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 2003–2005


Oil on canvas


82.6 × 83.8 cm (32 1/2 × 33 in.)

Credit Line

Ann M. Vielehr Prize and Dankmar Adler Prize funds

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© 2005 Julia Fish

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