Bourcart immigrated to the United States and has called New York, specifically Harlem her home since 2006. She grew up in Alsace (the Germanic region of Eastern France) and identifies as French with Vietnamese heritage.
Bourcart’s mixed media assemblages and photo collages employ a wide range of techniques, informed by her own multicultural background and the work of artisans explored through extensive travel. Bourcart’s practice although based in photography early on in her career, has expanded beyond the boundaries of the medium and includes the creation of the artist’s own alphabet and the formation of patterns, essentially creating a new language.
Primarily a self-taught artist, trained in New York at the International Center of Photography, where she was also an Assistant Teacher. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Boston, Colorado, Oregon, North Carolina, Missouri, France and Switzerland.
The expressions of my work deconstruct visual matrixes of what might be already familiar to the viewer. I will reassemble theoretical ideas, dreams, memories, or tales and put them back together by stitching, painting, layering, knitting, video, or whatever medium is suitable. The original object is redesigned rather than restored so the viewer might notice what was less pronounced and recognize the humor in my version of ordinary things. With each new series of work, I am reinventing my process, developing a new visual vocabulary and a new method of reinterpreting what I see around me.
These works inspire the subtle details, often unnoticed, in an urban landscape or our natural environment. I capture elements that reveal details, textures, colors, and patterns to begin a deliberative process of creating assemblages that I present through artworks that span mediums from collages to performances or videos and that re-define the mundane as abstract and fragmented experiences.
As a visual artist, I am a searcher and an archivist exploring and preserving a visual narrative or conceptualization as I create a work. Within the scope of my art practice, I present thoughts and ideas where I suggest the viewer think or dwell upon, however, not in an overt manner. The journey towards answers, calls, or directives found in my work must be nascent from the viewer. If the person experiencing my work is led to react, it is their journey.