Renee Couture

When They Fall, They Always Make Noise
Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise

Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise


Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise  wood, gold paint, gold leaf, dried roses
A Fault Line Where Pressure Builds
2014-2015
wood, gold paint, gold leaf, dried roses
168" long x 80" tall x 60" deep

Using connotations of word, font, lumber, dried flowers, and gold leaf as a memorial, momento, or homage to a way of life that exists and is misunderstood by those who don't live closely to their land. Coming from a rural, historically timber-dependent community, this work serves as a discussion point regarding resources and those who depend upon harvesting those resources to support their families. The flip side of that coin being the declining supply of natural resources.

Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise


Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise  crowd control stanchion, reclaimed hickory shirts, reclaimed velvet ropes, gold paint
We Cannot Seem to Stop Ourselves from Consuming It
2014-2015
crowd control stanchion, reclaimed hickory shirts, reclaimed velvet ropes, gold paint
72" x 72" x 40"

Across the American West is a systematic grid marked by small bronze markers monuments placed by surveyors. This created a means of turning land to commodity and encouraged land settlement.

This grid made possible to divide and subdivide the landscape into private lands and public lands, state lands and federal lands, park lands and forest lands and wilderness lands, commercial and residential properties. Within each of these specific boundaries the land is imbued with different literal or social values.

Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise


Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise


Renee Couture When They Fall, They Always Make Noise  new and reclaimed wood, energy efficient light bulbs, sockets, wiring, velvet, reclaimed hickory shirts, reclaimed tie-dye shirts, reclaimed hunting shirts, reclaimed fleeces, gold leaf, Polycrylic, straps
Azimuth: must we insist?
2014-2015
new and reclaimed wood, energy efficient light bulbs, sockets, wiring, velvet, reclaimed hickory shirts, reclaimed tie-dye shirts, reclaimed hunting shirts, reclaimed fleeces, gold leaf, Polycrylic, straps
17' x 12' x 4'

This work explores the theatrical quality of political debate surrounding land use. In theater nothing is as it seems. A set is a series of facades the public sees while the backstage mayhem remains a secret. The various arguments within the land-use management (or timber) debate are filled with spectacular facts and images leaving the public to wonder what is truth and what is theater.