Catskills Songline

Digital print (11” x 8.5”), composition and participatory performance

Catskills Songline is a melody Bouchard derived from the shape of the Catskill mountains, as viewed from the highest hilltop in Clermont, NY. It is intended to be performed informally in an outdoor setting. One brisk fall day, the artist gathered a handful of participants to sing in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Instead of lyrics the group sang solfège syllables (fa, sol, la, etc.), a common practice in shape note singing.

Shape notes, used here, are a musical notation which originated in New England in the early 1800s as a teaching method and which has become closely associated with the tradition of American congregational singing known as Sacred Harp.

In its interpretation as a song, the observational data is infused with human idiosyncrasy and, in its communal performance, lifted into narrative. The singers take ownership of the piece and actively participate in this hymn to the landscape.

Ocian in View!

Letterpress on paper. 11 3/4” x 14 1/2”. Edition of 20.


Bouchard hand-typeset the lyrics of "Ocian in View" from her song cycle Songs of Lewis & Clark, arranging the text in a way that visually represents the melodic structure of the song. (As the melody goes up or down, the syllables are placed on higher or lower lines of type.) The resulting text treatment is reminiscent of a landscape. This letterpress piece was printed on a Vandercook press at The Center for Book Arts in New York, NY.

Urban Plant Research

Collaboration with artist Leslie Kuo. Digitally printed booklet. 5 3/4" x 4".

Urban Plant Research is a collaborative project with Berlin-based artist Leslie Kuo, dedicated to investigating plants in cities around the world. A collaborative booklet Ein Lichtenberger Herbarium was published by Lichtenberg Studios in Berlin, Germany in 2014. It features hi-res scans of wild plants the two artists collected and pressed during walks in the Berlin neighborhood of Lichtenberg. Each specimen was paired with a snippet of text in German and English regarding the plant's potential use.