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Christine Bourdette
Drawing to Planet Earth
Drawings and sculpture

February 4 - April 2, 2016

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Presenting new graphite and watercolor works alongside delicate paper sculptures, Christine Bourdette continues her explorations of the ever-shifting human condition in Drawing to Planet Earth. In this work Bourdette brings forth imagery of the American West’s untamed geologic forms to represent the fluctuating quality of natural and mental landscapes. While the graphite texture of rocks and minerals in her drawings depict the mutability of solid conditions on a geologic timescale, overlaid pigments inject a color and liquidity that reminds one of the instantaneity with which the natural world is viewed. These two dimensional works are accompanied by small paper sculptures that express the textures of stone; each one a vignette juxtaposing our perception of permanence with the object’s own evidence of erosion.

Bourdette is known for her enigmatic sculpture which explores the human condition with wit and meticulous craftsmanship. 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 other locations. Bourdette was the first recipient of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award in 1992.

 



Exhibition Images


Brimstone
graphite, pastel, charcoal and colored pencil on paper
2015
38 x 25.5 inches

 
 

Continental Drift
graphite and pastel on paper
2015
27 x 22.5 inches

 
 

Schism 1
graphite and Flashe on paper
2015
21.5 x 29.5 inches

 
 

Schism 2
graphite and Flashe on paper
2015
21.5 x 29.5 inches

 
 

Schism 3
graphite and Flashe on paper
2015
21.5 x 29.5 inches

 
 

Collide
graphite and watercolor on paper
2015
21.5 x 29.5 inches

 
 

Glissade
watercolor, colored pencil, graphite and ink on paper
2015
21.5 x 29.5 inches

 
 

Metamorph
Flashe, graphite, colored pencil and ink on paper
2015
21.5 x 29.5 inches

 
 

Matrix
graphite, Flashe and colored pencil on paper
2015
21.5 x 29.5 inches

 
 

Debris
graphite and ink on paper
2015
38 x 25.5 inches

 
 

Tuck
graphite and pastel on paper
2015
27 x 22.5 inches

 
 

Treasure Island
graphite and pastel on paper
2015
27 x 22.5 inches

 
 
Lahar
Lahar
graphite, watercolor and Flashe on paper
2014
22.5 x 30 inches

 
 
Dome
Dome
graphite, watercolor and ink on paper
2014
22.5 x 30 inches

 
 

Landslide
graphite, watercolor and Flashe on paper
2014
22.5 x 30 inches

 
 

Pyroclasm
graphite, watercolor, ink and pastel on paper
2014
22.5 x 30 inches

 
 

Melt
colored pencil, ink, watercolor and graphite on paper
2014
22.5 x 30 inches

 
 
Seddiment
Sediment
graphite, watercolor, ink and pastel on paper
2014
22.5 x 30 inches

 
 

Ledge 1
vellum, ink, plaster, wood, cardboard, gesso, sawdust, acrylic, pastel
2016
17.5 x 33 x 4.75 inches

 
 

Ledge 2
wood, graphite, vellum, ink, gesso
2016
16.25 x 17.25 x 6.5 inches

 
 

Pit
vellum, ink, cardboard, gesso, sawdust
2016
12.5 x 13.5 x 8 inches

 
 

 
 

 

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