Renee Couture

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to the rumored garden, no. 4, 2013

archival print of digital collage/drawing, 42" x 42"

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The “To the Rumored Garden” series carefully maps social and cultural landscapes using iconic symbols of freedom and forward movement. It also point to the contradictions in literal and conceptual values imbued into the Western landscape to uncover the the modern connection and disconnection people have to their surrounding landscape. Through the work, I examine the pressures capitalism places on the environment and on one's community.

One of five images resulting from a quasi-collaboration with writer Erica Olsen (Recapture, and other stories, Torrey House Press). It began with a simple invitation to Erica to work collaboratively on a project. After the invitation, a series of emails ensued - an image here, a story there; more images, another story. While the end result is not what I originally envisioned when I issued the invitation, the three stories and five large-scale images that resulted represent a conversation between two people.

Edition of three.

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