Herlinde Spahr in Currents + FLUX

Herlinde Spahr

b. 1952
Orinda, CA

The Precipice Within

I was born in Flanders, Belgium, and came to UC Berkeley in 1977 as a graduate student. While studying Comparative Literature I was active as an exhibiting artist, learning stone lithography independently. In 1985, as I was finishing my dissertation, I was diagnosed as unipolar. While recurring mania ended my academic career, my “illness” marked the beginning of my artistic life. I borrow landscapes from the natural world to visualize and normalize the ardor within.

My technique on Formica involves tools and techniques from printmaking. As a self-taught artist, I could not have wished for more encouraging and enlightening teachers than those at UC Berkeley.

On view June 4 – July 31, 2021

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Image: Herlinde Spahr, At the Precipice 1, 2018, mixed techniques on Formica panel, 47” x 29 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.