A painting by Christina Quarles

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Hampshire Alum Christina Quarles 04F and Author Maggie Nelson Discuss Creative Life in Artforum

In the “Artists on Writers | Writers on Artists” series, Quarles and Nelson discuss “negotiating a creative life across domestic and studio space, balancing productivity with the unpredictable pace of a practice, and where art and criticism intersect, and intervene, with one another.”

An image of a painting by Christina Quarles. The painting features bold brush strokes and bright colors.
image courtesy of Gandalf's Gallery

“Artists On Writers | Writers On Artists” brings together luminaries in the fields of art and literature to have the conversations they themselves wish to have. This monthly video series is a joint production of Artforum and Bookforum. In this second season premiere, Hampshire College alum and painter Christina Quarles speaks with author Maggie Nelson, who recently published her book On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint. The book explores questions and complexities of freedom in four distinct realms: art, sex, drugs, and climate.

Quarles graduated from Hampshire with a degree in art and philosophy, and she earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art in 2016. Her practice “works to dismantle and question assumptions and ingrained beliefs surrounding identity and the human figure.” In 2017, she received the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, and in 2019 was the inaugural recipient of the Pérez Art Museum Miami Prize. She joined the board of trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2021, and an exhibition of her work is currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago through January 16, 2022.

Watch “Artists On Writers | Writers On Artists.”

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