Renee Coutour at PLAYA Summer Lake Artist Residency
Renee Coutour takes her work into new conceptual territory at PLAYA Summer Lake, an artist residency in south-central Oregon.
Excerpted from conversation with other artists in residence at PLAYA: Sue Landers, Rachel Zollinger, Donna Henderson.
|Photo credit: Rewa Bush|
Toward the end of 2017, I realized it was time for me to shift the focus of my work. It’s a scary and exciting time in the studio. I simultaneously feel lost while on a path forward. That being said, I can’t think of a better place to enter new territory than an artist residency—a place where others are bravely pushing the boundaries of their own work and being supportive of each other as we are all the vulnerable position of exploration. Walking the edge of “I have no idea what I’m doing!” with the freedom of “I think I’ll do/try/think about this today,” is at the heart of a residency. Having the literal space and time to walk and wander in the quiet and reflect opens places in the mind because of the movement of the body. And not having much in the way of internet is also helpful.
|Books to read. I managed to get through six of the ten.|
After finishing the book A More Beautiful Question, I wrote out a series of questions to help guide future work. I know I need to add a few more questions:
I think I put together a solid budget for one sculpture:
This landscape and spring-like weather made for nice work breaks.
Video still from a project I’m starting. Or trying to start. We’ll see where it goes.
In the Studio
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Renee Couture’s work has been exhibited nationally. She has received grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and participated in residencies at Djerassi, Jentel, PLAYA, KHN Center for the Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. Couture graduated from Buena Vista University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. More at www.rcoutureart.com
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