Alumna featured in art exhibit at Pacific University
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville alumna Deborah Bouchette, a 1975 graduate, was granted The Pacific Art Experiment at Oregon’s Pacific University. The Pacific Art Experiment included an exhibit to display her work and present hands-on student workshops at Pacific University through March.
Bouchette’s gallery is comprised of a life-size labyrinth maze of translucent silk panels suspended from the ceiling. Each silk panel has an inked image made by “Chaucer,” a low-tech, mobile drawing machine Bouchette fabricated, which dangles pens and pencils from hanging strings tethered to a frame inside of a pickup truck topper. She developed this portable drawing machine as a way to visualize sounds and document the visual vibrations.
Those who walked the maze experienced the gossamer vibrations of the silk, the repetitive-yet-random marks of each journey taken by her vehicle. The art is subject to weather and route in various parts of the United States and through foreign countries such as France and Sweden. She has completed four positions as artist-in-residence in France, Sweden, Alaska and Vermont.
One Pacific University student commented, “When I looked at her work, it was almost like I was touching the ground she traveled.”
Part of the exhibit included hands-on student workshops designed to inspire creativity and experimentation in visual arts. “I was able to attend and lecture in drawing class, design class, sculpture and an art senior seminar course,” said Bouchette. “This gave students the opportunity to use critical thinking through art.”
Doug Anderson, Pacific University associate professor of art recounted, “She came with all the necessary supplies and tools for 40 beginning level students to build 20 drawing machines. I think her easy-going attitude and infectious enthusiasm for her work helped to put students at ease with tasks that were new to them.”
Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, firstname.lastname@example.org