Christine Bourdette is a Portland, Oregon-based visual artist who maintains studio and public art practices. Her studio work includes sculpture, drawing, and installation. Over the course of her career she has cultivated a three-dimensional vocabulary incorporating a wide repertoire of materials and a dedication to craft. She has simultaneously built an expansive drawing practice that feeds and is fed by her sculptor’s sensibilities. Bourdette’s work comments on social, political, or simply human predicaments, often seasoned with compassion and humor. Her relatively recent focus on cartographic and topographic imagery places human figures within imaginary landscapes seen from a bird’s-eye view, or, in a more abstract vein, focuses on the ground and dispenses with the human figure altogether. Impermanence and fragility, perceptions of time (geologic or fleeting), our curious and contradictory impulses, or simply recurrent patterns of human activity are some of the preoccupations that drive this artist’s imagination.
Bourdette earned her BA from Lewis and Clark College where she studied art and languages. She was the first recipient of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship, and has received a Visual Artist Fellowship from the Regional Arts & Culture Council and a Golden Spot award from The Ford Family Foundation. She has been awarded residencies at Caldera in central Oregon, and at Jentel and Ucross in Wyoming. Bourdette has exhibited in the United States and France, including solo exhibitions at The Art Gym at Marylhurst University (Portland, OR), The Tyler Museum of Art (Tyler, TX), Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), Klein Gallery (Chicago, IL), The Alexandria Museum, (Alexandria, LA), and Galerie L’Aire du Verseau (Paris, France). Her sculpture and drawings are in many public and private collections nationwide. Bourdette has completed public art commissions in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Florida. Her art has been featured in Sculpture magazine and reviewed in Art in America, Artweek, and Visions Quarterly. She frequently collaborates on visual design for performance, dance and film, including the animated short film, Bunnyheads, with filmmaker Jim Blashfield. She is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon.