Guylaine Couture, “Awake in the waste”







Guylaine Couture (Montreal, Quebec)

Awake in the waste
Mixed media
Unique work
15″ x 8″ x 1″

The soil is a material that seems to us impossible to use until it’s disappearance. My book underlines the composition of the ground which degrades by the human being. I wrote some contrasting expressions on the importance of the dirt. These shorts sentences are placed in glass tubes to isolate them, since his study is a scientific subject that we analyze, measure, sterilize, etc.

I use a 1921 scientific book for young public that serves as my soil.The book is damaged, such as the land, which has lost its balance. Concerning waste, the earth transforms well the fiber of the natural materials as paper. But the human has added many material called “inert” as plastic, metal, glass, etc.

We may have an overview of the work, but it is by looking closely that appear the toxic materials here and there, as almost everywhere on the ground. The book is also a clock without hour, but with a pendulum because time is short.

Guylaine Couture lives in Montreal, She has this obsession with creativity and paper for a long time. The re-use of printed documents, pieces of photos, and chosen words is a perpetual game for her. Each book attempts to create a fusion between the contents and the container while questioning the manipulation of the object by the reader. It’s like a conversation with her and her concerns.