Viviane Le Courtois has been creating process based and conceptual installations since 1989. Inspired by her surroundings and by consumer culture wherever she lives or travels, she creates installations using collected materials, sounds, videos, animation, lights, interactive elements and series of sculptures. Her recent installations have commented on socio-political, environmental and health issues. Ongoing series of sculptures include collections of useless but precious objects such as single socks, used shoes, pickled objects, weeds, junk mail, dryer lint, recycled iron sculptures and more. She traveled in 40 countries since 1991 with her shoes-sculptures to create art with the action of walking. She also invented a non-toxic etching process using Kombucha. Her art often intrigues visitors by connecting art to everyday life.
Viviane Le Courtois received her Diplôme National Supérieur d'Expression Plastique (MFA) in Sculpture/Installations from the International School of Art and Research in Nice, France in 1992. After extensive travels in Asia and a fellowship from the Korea Foundation, she moved to the US in 1994 and received an MA in Art History from the University of Denver in 2000. She was the recipient of the Westword's Mastermind Award in Visual Arts in 2009. She exhibited in France and in the US including at the Passerelle Art Center in France, Mobius in Boston, and at many venues in Colorado including Pirate, Ironton, Studio Aiello, Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design and Regis University, with a recent installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver during the Biennial of the Americas in 2010.
Viviane Le Courtois is a curator, a teacher and a world traveler. Since 2001, she is the studio and gallery Program Manager at DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts). She has also taught at the Metropolitan State College of Denver and at the University of Colorado in Denver. In 2010, she curated "Artists' Footprints" at RedLine in conjunction with the Biennale of the Americas in Denver.
She is an artist in residence at RedLine from summer 2008 to summer 2011.