Sanctuary: an Echo of Frustration (2010)
Renee Couture Sanctuary: an Echo of Frustration (2010) Pillows cases, ash from wood stove and burnt paperwork, wax, glitter, clear acrylic medium, lace, crochet thread, gouache, and flagging tape
10 Pillows Not to be Laid on Again (March 25, 1911/2010)
Pillows cases, ash from wood stove and burnt paperwork, wax, glitter, clear acrylic medium, lace, crochet thread, gouache, and flagging tape
variable dimensions

Anchored in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire explores the question, “how do we work?” and “how has work changed historically?”

image credit: Sandee McGee

Renee Couture Sanctuary: an Echo of Frustration (2010) 113 pounds salt, food coloring
The Dust of Moments Blown Through My Body
113 pounds salt, food coloring
variable dimensions

Examines the changing value of work over time. Salt once was a valuable commodity; women had specific jobs within the salt industry. Today salt is a common, cheap commodity found in every household while jobs primarily performed by women are called ‘pink collar jobs’.

Renee Couture Sanctuary: an Echo of Frustration (2010) glass bottle, collected tears
Sometimes Just Too Damn Much, Sometimes Just Not Enough
glass bottle, collected tears
1.5" x 2.5" x 2.5"

The collection of tears explore having hopes and dreams, the struggles and frustrations associated with reaching those dreams, and the sadness associated with failure.

image credit: Sandee McGee

Renee Couture Sanctuary: an Echo of Frustration (2010) mirrors, digital pigment prints on Plexiglas, one month's ash from wood stove and burned paperwork
Work is What I Do
mirrors, digital pigment prints on Plexiglas, one month's ash from wood stove and burned paperwork
12" x 12" x 12"

Examines how one's identity is a multiplicity of roles. Through collecting wood stove ash and ash derived from burned paper work, I attempt to compare work completed at two sites (home and work) that endlessly shape one’s identity, represented by the infinite space created by inwardly-facing mirrors.

image credit: Sandee McGee

Renee Couture Sanctuary: an Echo of Frustration (2010) 3,800+ pinches Bolivian salt, old work gloves
But the Flowers, They Were Ours
3,800+ pinches Bolivian salt, old work gloves
variable

Explores the invisibility of migrant labor.

image credit: Susan Rochester

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