Ligia Bouton was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and spent her childhood in London, England. She received her education at Vassar College and at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her creative 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, classical and contemporary literature, and science. Recent projects have been shown at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C., Danson House in London, England, SITE Santa Fe, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Past projects have been installed in New York at Bill Maynes Gallery and Denise Bibro Fine Art, and in New Jersey at City Without Walls. Reviews of this work have appeared in Art in America, Art Papers, The Philadelphia Enquirer and The New York Times.
Bouton’s video work has been shown in the Biennial of Contemporary Art, Nimes, France, and at the Temporary Art Center, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, as well as in The Female Avant Garde Festival in Prague.
Ligia Bouton is currently Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Foundations at the University of New Mexico, and lives in Santa Fe with her family.
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09/01/16 - REVIEW: Ligia Bouton: "The Cage Went in Search of a Bird" at Peters Projects - Art Ltd.
Ligia Bouton’s first solo show at Peters Projects hangs one foyer away from Kiki Smith’s display of monumental tapestries, “Woven Tales.” Smith collaborated with Magnolia Editions to digitally recreate collaged images as gigantic cotton Jacquard hangings. Bouton’s show could slide right into Smith’s rigorously woven oeuvre. Diverse materials mingle in novel ways to form a narrative that treads the line between history and fantasy.
07/08/16 - With Bated Breath - Pasatiempo - Santa Fe New Mexican
Tuberculosis killed more Americans than any other disease in the U.S. in the 19th and early 20th centuries. “It was a huge portion of our population that had this terminal disease,” local artist Ligia Bouton told Pasatiempo. Bouton has devoted the past two years to a body of work based on Brontë, Kafka, and tuberculosis. Her solo exhibition, an installation calledThe Cage Went in Search of a Bird, is on view at Peters Projects. The project deals with 19th-century ideas about the disease.