« Ma maison-forêt. The theme of this exhibit perfectly illustrates Anne-Marie Bélanger's artistic production where there is an existential questioning concerning our way of living. Sculptures, paintings and crafts are mixed together.
We have a lot to learn from trees. We now know that they are intelligent beings, capable of learning, retaining information and transmitting it. These forest dwellers find constant adaptations to the hazards of their environment, in a non-violent and collaborative way. The trees are the basic models used to answer a questioning on the notion of living in the artist's work.
Anne-Marie Bélanger's affection for trees is rooted in her childhood. To be comfortable everywhere, she must carry a forest in her head. Like trees, she needs a rich community life. She even realized that during the pandemic, it could be a great source of comfort just as being in the forest. You should know that according to her: to inhabit = to be comforted.
Therefore, this exhibit offers a group of creations as abundant as a forest, bringing together drawings, paintings, sculptures and prints, showing the influence of trees on the artist's way of living. There is also a relational component, keeping open the possibility for everyone to participate.
Anne-Marie Bélanger is an artist who lives and works in Montreal. She obtained in 2018 a master’s degree in visual arts from Laval University, in Quebec, where she was also the recipient of a « Première Ovation » with the Gelato collective. Follower of international cooperation as well as being a teacher, she has participated in numerous collective and individual exhibits, continuing to develop a practice stemming from painting which also involves drawing, sculpture and installation. Her latest experiments include a relational component.