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.