Renee Couture

Palimpsest
Renee Couture Palimpsest

Renee Couture Palimpsest glass beads, thread, wood, paint
In 1785 There Was a Here Here
2018
glass beads, thread, wood, paint
36" x 36" x 36"

In 1785, the Thomas Jefferson Land Ordinance Act created a systematic grid across the Western landscape. This established mechanisms for land settlement and land commodification. But the land had been here and with people. This work explores ideas surrounding territory and ownership. Created during a one-month residency at PLAYA.

Renee Couture Palimpsest
Palimpsest (view 1)

Renee Couture Palimpsest glass beads, thread, pencil, eraser
Palimpsest (view 2)
2017
glass beads, thread, pencil, eraser
4' x 6'

Palimpsest was a durational project created at Djerassi during August 2017. I created a beaded rectangle in the shape and dimensions of a standard US flag and stenciled a quote onto the studio wall. The work was a contemplation of land ownership, ethics, and displacement. Over time, I erased the phrase, allowing the eraser dust to gather on the studio's molding and floor, representing the unjust erasure of one cultural to create a blank slate for another.

Renee Couture Palimpsest


Renee Couture Palimpsest


Renee Couture Palimpsest glass beads, thread, wood, paint
Inheritance is not an Accident
2018
glass beads, thread, wood, paint
10' x 24" x 24"

This work explores land use ethic through beaded Morse Code phrases by various people throughout history from a quote website. I wondered as I beaded, "Why were these quotes and these people important enough to record? Who decides and what does this say about our cultural values?" Started at Djerassi during August 2017 and later finished at home.