Bruised Topography,

a show by Jan Dove and Renee Couture

Join us at the Forsberg Art Gallery this January to experience the work of Renee Couture and Jan Dove. Together, their work creates a dynamic visual conversation about the tensions within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, while exploring man’s relationship with the natural world, and the boundaries that define that relationship.

Bruised Topography is on display at the Forsberg Art Gallery in the Rose Center for the Arts through January 30, 2020.

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Artist Statement Bruised Topography Jan Dove

For the past fifteen or so years, I have drawn the human figure without paper, using an electronic tablet, which sends the gestures directly into Photoshop. There transparent layers make it possible for me to dissect and recombine my lines so as to find new figures. I add photographs, scans, electronic paint and text. Eventually new stories emerge.

The prints that materialized in this show tell of the life and electrical/chemical communication of trees in a forest. They tell of my distress witnessing the “clear cutting” of great swaths of land, the destruction of systems which would better be left to sequester carbon from our atmosphere, the loss of places to breathe and be revitalized.

My visual stories in this show are about my ruminations: the planet that I love (such as it is) and the humans who inhabit that planet, such as we are.

Artist Statement Bruised Topography Renee Couture

Influenced by the personal and the political, my work seeks to reconcile romantic notions of pristine landscapes with the reality that places are marked with human impact. I draw inspiration from the historical and social landscape of place, articulating the complexity and range of the public's relationship with their nearby landscape. Environmental boundaries and human-made boundaries underscore tensions within the American West where forestry, agriculture, ranching, recreation and wildlife dynamically intersect, often in a dichotomous relationship.

Sculpture is the foundation of my studio practice, though I use photography, collage, and drawing, allowing my ideas to dictate media, form, and process. I negotiate aesthetic and conceptual concerns by using quotidian objects and imagery - 2x4s, fences, travel trailers, flowers, wallpaper - to make my work approachable physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

My work is firmly rooted in my living in the West, specifically Pacific Northwest historic timber country. My works are my attempt at understanding the place I now call home.

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