Elisabeth Belliveau’s interdisciplinary practice braids art history and everyday life, employing intuition, curiosity, and material exploration. Her recent work addresses still-life and the digital erratic, primarily through stop-motion animation and sculpture. The Latin origin of the word Animation is ‘animare’: to instill with life. Animation creates the illusion of motion by sequencing still images wherein objects and images perform and transform in constructed time and space.
Still Life: An Animated Trilogy presents three animations addressing themes of still-life and vanitas, Limonade, Lily and Troisième. Together, they explore the intersections of sculpture and the moving image in dialogue with digital tools, employing high and low materials and technologies. Manipulating materials before the camera, she transforms and composes relationships that expand their metaphoric and ineffable potential. Each animation begins with a quote from the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, unfolding as a meditation on composition and movement.
Elisabeth Belliveau is a Montréal based interdisciplinary artist and published author of four graphic novels. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally. She has attended residencies both in Canada and internationally, including the Banff Centre for the Arts, Women’s Studio Workshop NY, and the National Film Board of Canada, among others. Belliveau holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design and an MFA from Concordia University Montréal. She was the 2015 recipient of the Federation Wallonie Bruxelles and Conseil des Arts et des Lettres Quebec studio residency in Belgium. In 2017 she was awarded the CALQ studio residency at Tokyo Wondersite Japan. Her work has been generously supported by grants and scholarships including the Brucebo Fine Art Scholarship Foundation of Gotland Sweden.