Awardee: Susanne Cockrell

Visual Arts, 2005

Susanne Cockrell’s work in performance, film, installation, and concept driven public projects, seeks to create experiences that elevate the everyday into something more wonderful, mysterious, and full of possibility. In addition to working on _Temescal Amity Works_, her project _Knithoughts_ (an ongoing, interactive work wherein she circulates cards at exhibitions and in daily encounters) has been exhibited at Southern Exposure Gallery (San Francisco) and at the Kellogg Art Museum (Pomona, California). Cockrell is an Associate Professor of Fine Art at California College of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Hirschorn Museum, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Semena De Cine Experimental Madrid, The Berkeley Art Museum, and Capp Street Project. She is the recipient of a Creative Work Fund Grant from the Elise and Walter Haas Foundation.

Project: Temescal Amity Works

_Temescal Amity Works_ is a social sculpture project. Sited in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, CA, the project facilitates and documents the exchange of backyard produce, conversation, and collective biography. Purves and Cockrell built a pushcart on which they collected and sold fruit from the citrus trees in community back yards. The cart also served as a vehicle for the artists and neighborhood residents to gather stories, history, and other information about itself, which were published and circulated as a series of free postcards. The artists focused on the Temescal neighborhood because it was originally an “orchard suburb” in the 1920's.