The Highest Fence – Renee Couture
The Highest Fence
Northbound Cabin Creek Rest Area, I-5, OR
September 30, 2017
Renee Couture is the second artist to install work in GRAY SPACE module. This work, titled The Highest Fence, focuses on ideas of boundaries and borders – how they impact our lives and how we move through the world. She explores this phenomena through layers and layers of large-scale, cut paper fences as a fence is a man-made barrier that encloses, surrounds, confines, separates, protects, and shows ownership. The idea for The Highest Fence emerged from a variety of sources including the artist’s own life living in rural Southern Oregon’s O&C “checkerboard land ownership”, proverbs, and recent political commentary on fence/wall building.