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1st Year Student, Deborah Bouchette Invited to Artist’s Residency in Sweden

Deborah Bouchette is delighted to announce that she has been invited to return to ARNA, the Art+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 investigating inspiration through meeting “the other”–experiences of social exchange.

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, an area that contains a vast wetlands abundant with wildlife. Adjoining the reserved habitat is one of the largest army bases in Sweden.

To complement this juxtaposition, Deborah 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.

Deborah also has participated in juried residencies in France, Denali National Park, and Vermont Studio Center, which included an artist’s grant.  Earlier this year she served as visiting artist at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, 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 IDSVA, based in Portland, Maine. Deborah is married to Bill “Prune” Wickart, and they have lived in beautiful, rural Washington County, Oregon for nearly 30 years.

For further information: ARNA

Deborah Bouchette