“I am interested in how we process experience and build memory—specifically, how layers of memory accumulate to create fictional structures. I aim to explore this process and also to imitate it by forcibly conflating images in a single composition or sequence of works. My large-scale charcoal drawings make significant use of erasure and layering. Using my own experience, found objects, and museum specimens as a starting point, I use gestural and naturalistic drawing approaches to develop an abstracted composition. Having come of age in a “Knowledge Economy” I question my own lack of everyday knowledge—specifically agricultural, building, and domestic. My drawing practice stems from my examination of these unfamiliar spaces, objects, species, and processes.
The Faisan series is an ongoing project based on plucking a pheasant without instruction. Alternating between charcoal and eraser, I repeat the gestures from the plucking process directly onto the drawing surface and the result references the physical subject—feathers. Reenacting the gestures involved in the plucking was an earnest attempt to become more familiar with the process. However, physically recollecting my gesture not only mocks my inexpert hand, but also reinforces any mistakes through repetition and exaggeration. Faisan as a project aims to merge the performance of the process faisant (the doing) with the subject faisan (pheasant),” Katie Belcher.
Originally from Ottawa, Katie Belcher has made her home in Nova Scotia since receiving a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Belcher’s drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent monumental works such as En faisant (HERMES, Halifax, 2015) and In time’s furrows (Queen Street Studios, Belfast, 2013) were drawn on site. She has received both provincial and federal grants, and participated in residencies in Canada and Europe—most notably the Canada Council for the Arts studio at the Cité Internationale des arts (Paris, France, 2012). In addition to her artistic practice, Belcher works as a curator and arts administrator, currently directing Eyelevel Gallery, an artist-run centre in Halifax, Canada. She is also one of four managing artists for HERMES artist’s co-operative gallery. Belcher is President of the Board of the Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic (AARCA) and sits on the Board of The Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference/La Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés (ARCA).
After developing an allergy to solvents, oil painter Alex Livingston went into the frontier of digital painting and exhibits a new series of work, Flowers, at Studio 21 that play with ideas of real and unreal, reference the history of flower painting itself and point to the future. Alex Livingston brings 17th-century Dutch flower painting…Read More
New works by Alex Livingston & Katie Belcher are the subject of the next exhibition at Studio 21, running from March 3rd to 29th. The exhibition includes new floral digital paintings by established Halifax artist and NSCAD painting professor Alex Livingston and a three component show of charcoal drawings, photography and a large energetic wall…Read More
Sur la table de la galerie Studio 21, un tigre de papier, de France Pillière, vient d’être acheté par un amateur, et s’apprête à s’envoler pour New York. Il fait partie des oeuvres que cette galerie de Halifax a apportées en camionnette, pour les exposer à la foire Papier 16, qui se déroulait ce week-end,…Read More