Renee Couture

Shadow Effects
Renee Couture Shadow Effects   main sculptural element of 2 x 4's and card catalog
Shadow Effects
2010-2011
main sculptural element of 2 x 4's and card catalog

Shadow Effects is an installation exploring two seeming disparate worlds by comparing and contrasting the public library with the Oregon & California Railroad Lands (O&C Lands).

Using the public library as a barometer of community heath, I highlight the relationship between O&C Lands and the county. Through transcribed interviews, maps, demographic information, videos, and ephemera, viewers are confronted with issues at stake in communities dependent on federal timber revenues, and asked to consider the potential future of O&C Lands and the library as a result of difficult economic times.

This work is possible through the generosity of the Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant. It was exhibited at the Douglas County Museum in Roseburg, OR; the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, IA; and the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford, OR.

Renee Couture Shadow Effects
detail of card catalog with graphs in background

Renee Couture Shadow Effects
detail of a card catalog drawer, which contain interviews, news articles, and essays

Renee Couture Shadow Effects
one of many conifer cone piles with informational graphs in background

Renee Couture Shadow Effects
detail of graphs and charts

Renee Couture Shadow Effects
detail of Douglas County maps showing land ownership, road systems, and owl habitat

Renee Couture Shadow Effects
two of four video elements with prose in the exhibit

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detail of library due date cards (total of 300 library due date cards)

Renee Couture Shadow Effects
view of cruise cards (total of 108 cruise cards)