When They Fall, They Always Make Noise (2014-2015)
Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise (2014-2015)

Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise (2014-2015)


Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise (2014-2015) wood, gold paint, gold leaf, dried roses
A Fault Line Where Pressure Builds
2014-2015
wood, gold paint, gold leaf, dried roses
168" long x 80" tall x 60" deep

Using connotations of word, font, lumber, dried flowers, and gold leaf as a memorial, momento, or homage to a way of life that exists and is misunderstood by those who don't live closely to their land. Coming from a rural, historically timber-dependent community, this work serves as a discussion point regarding resources and those who depend upon harvesting those resources to support their families. The flip side of that coin being the declining supply of natural resources.

Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise (2014-2015)


Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise (2014-2015) crowd control stanchion, reclaimed hickory shirts, reclaimed velvet ropes, gold paint
We Cannot Seem to Stop Ourselves from Consuming It
crowd control stanchion, reclaimed hickory shirts, reclaimed velvet ropes, gold paint
72" x 72" x 40"

Across the American West is a systematic grid marked by small bronze markers (also referred to as monuments) placed by surveyors. This created a means of turning land to commodity and encouraged land settlement.

Since then, our surrounding landscape had been divided and subdivided into numerous types of land: private lands and public lands, state lands and federal lands, park lands and forest lands and wilderness lands, commercial and residential. Within each of these specific boundaries certain laws apply, certain actions and activities are permitted or not, and the land is imbued with different literal or social values.

Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise (2014-2015)


Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise (2014-2015)


Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise (2014-2015) new and reclaimed wood, energy efficient light bulbs, sockets, wiring, velvet, reclaimed hickory shirts, reclaimed tie-dye shirts, reclaimed fleeces, gold leaf, Polycrylic, straps
Azimuth: must we insist?
new and reclaimed wood, energy efficient light bulbs, sockets, wiring, velvet, reclaimed hickory shirts, reclaimed tie-dye shirts, reclaimed fleeces, gold leaf, Polycrylic, straps
17' x 12' x 4'

This work explores the theatrics of political debate surrounding land use through marrying live theater with logging. In theater nothing is as it seems. A set is a series of cutouts or facades that the public sees while the backstage mayhem remains a secret. The various arguments within the land use management (or timber) debate are filled with spectacular facts and images leaving the public to wonder what is truth and that is theater.

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