Christine Bourdette is known for her enigmatic sculpture which explores the human condition with wit and meticulous craftsmanship. Her new exhibition of sculpture and drawings is titled terra mobilis, in recognition of the literal and figurative shifting of the ground beneath our feet. A visit to the Grand Canyon prompted Bourdette to consider the earth’s ceaseless movement, and how this state of constant change relates to human uncertainty. These works are the artist’s mental mappings, hybrid visions of a shifting earth, grown from observation, memory, imagination, and a rank amateur’s understanding of geologic forces. The ground beneath our feet, literally and figuratively, has always been a slippery one, unpredictable and tenuous. These works are reflections on the accretion and erosion of land- and mind-scapes; they refer to time passing and our shifting perceptions of such, even though they are not "time-based" in themselves. They draw from the distortions and interruptions found in the earth's crust. Using the convention of cross-sections, slices and fragments, which in turn are twisted and jumbled, they are glimpses of slippage, tracings of shifting orientation.
Christine Bourdette received her BA from Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR). She has shown extensively nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR), The Tyler Museum of Art (Tyler, TX), and The Wentz Gallery at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR). Her work was featured in three Oregon Biennials, and she has permanent public artworks in Portland, OR; Tempe, AZ; Seattle, WA; and many others. In 1992, Bourdette was the first recipient of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award.