Renee Couture

Tedium
Renee Couture Tedium digital pigment print
A Long, Slow, Forlorn Cry (no. 1)
2011
digital pigment print
25" x 29"

Renee Couture Tedium digital pigment print
A Long, Slow, Forlorn Cry (no. 2)
2011
digital pigment print
25" x 29"

Renee Couture Tedium digital pigment print
A Long, Slow, Forlorn Cry (no. 4)
2011
digital pigment print
25" x 29"

In the essay, “Clearing the Ground”, Henri Lefebvre states:
The housewife is immersed in everyday life, submerged, swallowed up; she never escapes it, except on the plane of unreality (dreams: fortune tellers, horoscopes, the romantic press, anecdotes and ceremonies on television, etc.).

While we work for many different reasons, we have a specific cultural relationship to it given that we live in a work-based society. This body of work explores the responsibilities and leisures completed within one's home. These create structures that form our identities while providing hope, distraction, and a bit of frustration.

These are three of 10 images titled “A Long, Slow, Forlorn Cry”. Specific pages were selected from a romance novel and then redacted it using collected dryer lint turning it into any/every typical romance novel.

Renee Couture Tedium archival digital images
Congealed Labor
2011
archival digital images
variable dimensions, 36 photos, each image is 4" x 4"

Each lint cube is viewed as a unit of labor, demonstrating that within the tedium of repetition inherent in household labors that there is a sliver of uniqueness.




Renee Couture Tedium archival digital print mounted on Plexiglas
Permutation (March 1)
2010-2011
archival digital print mounted on Plexiglas
24" x 24"

Renee Couture Tedium digital pigment print mounted on Plexiglas
Permutation (July 4)
2010-2011
digital pigment print mounted on Plexiglas
24" x 24"

Renee Couture Tedium digital pigment print mounted on Plexiglas
Permutation (December 24)
2010-2011
digital pigment print mounted on Plexiglas
24" x 36"

"Every day thousands upon thousands of women sweep up the dust which has gathered imperceptibly since the previous day.”
Christiane Peyre of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (1960-61)

This body of work explores the labor completed within one's home. While we work for many different reasons, we have a specific cultural relationship to it given that we live in a work-based society. Indeed, many of us have a variety of work responsibilities in addition to numerous personal responsibilities, which are in fact, work.

Through the act of collecting dryer lint as a means of examining and measuring daily activities, the invisible labor of the homesite is made visible to the viewer. At some point in the collecting, the act morphs into a love affair or a forensic examination of materials.

Using scans of lint cubes that are layered in photoshop, the cubes are transformed into clouds. The 12 images in this group (four shown here) are titled after specific dates, such as national holidays, significant days in the news, birthdays of family members to demonstrate that house work is never ending.