There will always be something so therapeutic yet exciting about horticulture: the soft bed of grass, the vibrant blooms, that distinct organic scent, and the variety of life that exist within. In a way, they appear much like a contemplative collage sprouting from our human experiences, each element planted and nurtured with a reflective purpose. Julie Liger Belair’s online exhibition “Garden Thoughts” presents just that, through her six assemblage artworks on paper. This exhibition exudes pieces of serenity in each work, collectively portraying an estate of personal introspections on how we choose to let our inner gardens grow.
About Julie Liger Belair
For 20 years, Canadian visual artist Julie Liger Belair has been making assemblage pieces and three-dimensional collages in found or handmade frames and boxes. She creates mixed media works using paint, wood, papier-mâché, polymer clay, metal and found objects. They feature the cabinet photos, finding that these, in of themselves, evoke imagined histories and feelings of nostalgia. Their serious and stern faces provide an ironic counterpoint to the humor and levity that Belair attempts to inject into each of her pieces.
Belair has been exposed to visual arts at an early age, growing up with an artist mother and an architect father. Her education at the Ontario College of Art and Design, studying printmaking, photography, illustration and metal-smithing, has led her towards mixed media art, attempting to combine different disciplines in one coherent body of work. She has mounted various solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Germany, UK, and Canada.