Follow the slow decay of Viviane le Courtois's earthborn artworks at BMoCA

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You could say it all started with a pair of shoes -- the most minimal of shoes, made of woven straw -- in 1991. That's when Denver-based artist Viviane Le Courtois strapped the first pair on her feet and ventured off on a series of foot-treks around the world, creating art through the act of walking and slowly wearing down the handmade footwear in the process.

But Viv's shoes are only the start of the fascinating career that's ensued, as she's slowly created a body of work inspired by the repurposing of objects and the natural processes of growth and decay. Her new show, Edible?, which opened Thursday at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, retreads that route with a retrospective that culminates in a brand-new installation, The Garden of Earthly Delights, a living, growing indoor farm of edible plants. And starting today, the artist will be serving food grown in the installation on Saturdays throughout the show's run.

Following is just a taste of places where Viv's art experiments have taken us over the last twenty years.

Daily Life: Evolving installation with boiling seaweeds, hair, lemon peels, cherry pits, onion, journals, photos, kiln cones, found objects, artichoke hair. Installation at Villa Arson, Nice, France, 1992. Coffee Filters: 100 used coffee filters, 1998-1999. Pickles: Various curiosities, liquids, glass, light, metal shelving, Installation at Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver, 2003. Junk Mail: 600 pounds of junk mail, sounds of answering machine, mailbox. Installation at Studio Aiello, Denver, 2003. Shane: Papier mache, wire mesh, glue, marshmallows. Denver, 2006. Candy Curtains: Various candies, fishing line. Installation at Object and Thought, Denver, 2008. Single Socks: Single socks collected from Redline Artists and household members, wax, sand, concrete. Installation at RedLine, Denver, 2008. Crossed Existence: 40 years of unrelated memories: A collaborative installation with Viviane Le Courtois, Sabin Aell and Andrew Novick. Hinterland Art Space, Denver, 2009. Little Fat Kids: Hard candy. Installation at Object and Thought, Denver, 2008. Procrastinations # 1: Installation with Urethane foam and weed roots collected from Facebook friends. RedLine, Denver, 2009. Cellules 1: Natural etching, 2009. Chaussures (126 pairs): Installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, 2010 (in Energy Effects: Art and Artifacts from the Landscape of Glorious Excess -- in conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas). Venus of Consumption: Crochet, silicone, stuffing, 2010. How to Eat an Artichoke?: Interactive installation with beetle kill pine, ceramic, sumac branches, yucca, artichokes, vinaigrette, mulberry paper. During and after interaction with the public. RedLine Denver, Colorado, 2010. Generations d' Epluchures (Generations of Peelings): Video and potato peelings. RedLine, Denver, 2010. Junk Mail Shelter: Junk Mail, glue, screws. RedLine, Denver, 2011

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