Belliveau's story begins with a loss of innocence over ice skater Katarina Witt's fall from grace by posing in Playboy. It is told through both drawings and email text between friends. The story jumps between Canada and the United States and travels abroad navigating life after art school, marriage and divorce. It is a year in a life, but one that is pregnant with memory, meaning and desire. It is a post-modern coming of age story which quite literally crosses boundaries.
About the author
Elisabeth Belliveau, (she/her) b. Antigonish Nova Scotia,Based in Treaty 6 Territory -- Amiskwacîwâskahikan,Edmonton AB, BFA Alberta University of the Arts, MFAConcordia University MTL.
Elisabeth is an artist andpublished author of graphic novels. Her current work explorescontemporary still life through a feminist lens. Herwork employs close watching captured through movingimage, and sculpture. She has attended residencies includingTokyo Arts and Space, Studio Kura Itoshima, RaviBelgium, and the NFB/ ONF. Recent exhibitions include'Alone in the house' at G44, Capture Photo and GruntGallery public screen in Vancouver.
"The impression is of an artist's diary, nearly unexpurgated. There's something appealing about the immediacy and honesty of these pages. The drawings are evocative and charming, and an occasional self-consciousness in her writing is mitigated by self-satire.... Elisabeth Belliveau's drawings gently capture people in odd moments, unsuspecting. Her perspective is detached, cautious, and spare, seeking out meaning in the mundane. Her moments of lyrical clarity are lovely." -- Montreal Review of Books