Renee Couture

I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside
Renee Couture I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside

"I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside" seeks to reconcile romantic notions of pristine landscapes with the reality that places are marked with human impact in attempt to reflect our cultural values and desires. Environmental boundaries and human-made boundaries underscore tensions within the American West where forestry, agriculture, ranching, recreation and wildlife dynamically intersect, often in a dichotomous relationship.

This new body of work explores humans shaping or attempting to shape their surrounding landscapes for the future. It seeks to emphasize the realities of those landscapes as humans, climate change, and natural disasters shape and reshape the landscape. I question the logic of going back to old ecological baselines - steeped in memory, romance, economic and political models - versus creating new ecological baselines that recognize current and potential future realities. Do we rehabilitate sites altered by wildfire, past practices of overgrazing, etc., to what they may have originally looked like when early explorers came West? Or do we create new narratives of nature and wilderness, and design/plan landscapes thinking in terms of what the land and climate will support in the future and thinking of future human needs?


(photo credits: Sandee McGee)
Renee Couture I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside laser cut plywood, wood, artist designed wallpaper, liquid gold leaf, flocking, enamel paint
I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside I
2018
laser cut plywood, wood, artist designed wallpaper, liquid gold leaf, flocking, enamel paint
12'3" x 6'3" x 4'

Renee Couture I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside
I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside I (detail view)
Renee Couture I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside
I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside I (detail view)

Renee Couture I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside
I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside I (detail view)
Renee Couture I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside
I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside I (detail view)

Renee Couture I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside
I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside I (detail view)
Renee Couture I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside
I Want to Lie Upon an Open Hillside I (detail view)