Project Space Artist Residency


VSW · Episode #4: Ligia Bouton

Ligia Bouton’s work combines sculpture with performance, digital video and photography to recreate appropriated narratives. Each project wrestles with the intersection of functionality and narrative, drawing on sources from art history, literature and science. “I will be exploring the observations of Henrietta Leavitt, one of the first women “computers” who worked at the Harvard Observatory from 1895 until her death in 1921. In particular I will be tracking variable star clusters captured on glass plate photographs from the 1890s to the 1970s. I will bring with me to VSW scans of the original photographs, drawings, and kiln-formed and hand-blown glass objects completed during winter `22. I will use my time at VSW to experiment with installation strategies and with recording ambient sound in the internal voids of the glass forms.” Bouton is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Mount Holyoke. 

3 Views of the Leavitt Crater ( 2020) by Ligia Bouton, Graphite on paper, triptych ©Ligia Bouton, courtesy of the artist


This program is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Max and Marian Farash Foundation; and Joy of Giving Something.