“Influenced by the personal and the political, I draw inspiration from the historical and social landscape of place. Using my own rural community as a starting point, I articulate the complexity and range of the public's relationship with their nearby landscape. I point to the tension between the literal and conceptual values imbued upon a place, and seek to reconcile romantic notions of landscape with a world shaped by humans. My work is firmly rooted in my living in the West, specifically Pacific Northwest timber country. These bodies of work are my attempt at understanding the place I now call home.”
Renee Couture graduated from Buena Vista University (Storm Lake, IA) with a BA in Studio Art and Spanish. She spent the next four years rambling throughout the United States and South America working a wide range of jobs from camp counselor to wild land fire fighter to gourmet goat cheese maker, international backpacker to bank employee. She earned her MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT. Currently, Couture lives on seven acres in rural southern Oregon with her husband, two dogs and two cats. She works out of a retrofitted 20 foot travel traveler turned studio space located in her garden, and teaches art at a small community college and volunteers at the local arts center.