Labor Day's Labor (2009-2012)
Renee Couture Labor Day's Labor (2009-2012) pen on paper
Labor Day's Labor 2012
pen on paper
4" x 6"

This year's project consisted of scanning my "to do list". This list shows the work I completed on a day which is supposed to be a day of celebration and relaxation.

Renee Couture Labor Day's Labor (2009-2012) digital photography
Labor Day's Labor 2011
digital photography
21" x 16"

I sometimes feel as though walking my dogs is drudgery, other times I love it. Nonetheless, it is a household job that I do nearly everyday. Every time I walk the dogs, there are specific locations I use to determine how far I've walked, and how much more I have to walk.

Renee Couture Labor Day's Labor (2009-2012) video stills
Labor Day's Labor 2010
video stills
15.5" x 15.5"

Inspired by Yoko Ono's book Grapefruit, a series of video stills show me cutting up a series of 50 drawings I made earlier this year. The drawings--Venn Diagrams--explore ideas surrounding work and labor. I planted seeds in my garden, covering them with the paper mulch. Soon I will nourish my body with the food that grows through the drawings. Nine video stills were selected to create a composite image of the labor.

Renee Couture Labor Day's Labor (2009-2012) video stills
Labor Day's Labor 2009
video stills

I went to a road in much need of repair, yet skipped over by the recent wave of stimulus-related road construction and repaired it using materials used in or waste produced from domestic activities.

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