UW-Platteville alumna Bouchette will return to Sweden

April 29, 2013

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Deborah Bouchette, a 1975 alumna, will return to Sweden

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — Deborah Bouchette, a 1975 alumna of UW-Platteville, has been invited to return to ARNA, in the Avian Kingdom, where art meets nature to explore the creative mind of man. This is the art and nature artist’s residency in Harlösa, Sweden, for the month of July, where she will be pursuing a special project with the ARNA board of directors.

The theme of the July residency is the Swedish Army Loves Flowers, part of the EU's "Land & Environment" rural development project, which supports entrepreneurship and culture in the countryside. Harlösa is a small community located in the Avian Kingdom, which contains a vast wetlands abundant with wildlife. Adjoining the reserved habitat is one of the largest army bases in Sweden.

To complement this juxtaposition, Bouchette proposed to overlay drawings of anonymous people with drawings of local flowers, hearkening back to the 1960s Vietnam war protests when hippies placed flower stems into the gun barrels of army personnel en garde. Thus, she plans to merge the rhythm of nature, the gesture of peace in the gift of flowers and the image of the face of a foreign person into an artistic statement about ethical responsibility for the earth, peace and each other.

Bouchette also has participated in juried residencies in France, Denali National Park and the Vermont Studio Center, which included an artist’s grant. Earlier this year she served as visiting artist at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., where she conducted workshops, gave an artist talk and had a solo show of her work in the Kathrin Cawein Gallery. Her work is in international collections. Presently, she is pursuing her doctorate in the philosophy of visual art at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, based in Portland, Maine.

She will be spending the month of June in Tuscany as part of her doctorate studies and will also visit the Venice Biennale.

Bouchette is married to Bill “Prune” Wickart, and they have lived in rural Washington County, Ore., for nearly 30 years.

For further information, visit ARNA at www.arna.nuarna.fagelriket@gmail.com.

Formatted by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Deborah Bouchette, UW-Platteville 1975 graduate, (503) 690-2448, bouchette@yahoo.com, http://www.dbouchette.com

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