Renee Couture

I Am a Country Made of Changing Places
Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places

“I am a country made of changing places” is a series of contingent sculptures and images exploring boundaries - how they impact our lives, how we move in/through the world, how we value a location, how places fill with memory, longing, and desire.

Each work moves through differing generations moving forward in time to present day. I imagine how circumstances may have been and contrast that with how they are today. Through material, form, surface, scale, color, and title I explore land-use as pendulum acting as a barometer for public opinion, political policies, community and environmental health.

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places laser cut plywood, reclaimed plywood, flocking, enamel, liquid gold leaf, hardware
I am not my great grandfather's forest
2016
laser cut plywood, reclaimed plywood, flocking, enamel, liquid gold leaf, hardware
5'6" wide x 4' deep x 6'6" tall

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places
I am not my great grandfather's forest (back view)

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places
I am not my great grandfather's forest (detail)

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places
I am not my great grandfather's forest (detail)

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places laser plywood, reclaimed plywood, flocking, enamel, gold leaf, locally sourced dried flowers, flagging tape, hardware
I am not my great grandmother's homestead
2016-2017
laser plywood, reclaimed plywood, flocking, enamel, gold leaf, locally sourced dried flowers, flagging tape, hardware
8'6" wide x 4' deep x 6'6" tall

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places
I am not my great grandmother's homestead (detail)

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places
I am not my great grandmother's homestead (detail)

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places
I am not my great grandmother's homestead (detail)

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places archival pigment print on paper
I am not my grandmother's flower garden (part 1)
2017
archival pigment print on paper
24" x 20"

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places gold leaf on paper
I am not my grandmother's flower garden (part 2)
2017
gold leaf on paper
24" x 20"

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places plywood, stain, flocking, gold leaf, old map, lights, plastic fence, dried wildflowers
I am not my father's wilderness area
2017
plywood, stain, flocking, gold leaf, old map, lights, plastic fence, dried wildflowers
5'5" wide x 2'8" deep x 5'8" tall

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places
I am not my father's wilderness area (detail)

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places
I am not my father's wilderness area (detail)

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places
I am not my father's wilderness area (detail)

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places archival pigment print and gold leaf on paper
I am not my mother's suburbia
2017
archival pigment print and gold leaf on paper
20" x 24"

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places
I am not my mother's suburbia (detail)

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places artist designed wallpaper, and gold leaf on paper
I am my own acreage
2017
artist designed wallpaper, and gold leaf on paper
wall dimensions: 8' x 7'; image dimensions: 16" x 16" each

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places
I am my own acreage (detail)

Renee Couture I Am a Country Made of Changing Places
I am my own acreage (detail)