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“NOTATION I-V”, WILLOW AND COMPRESSED CHARCOAL, CONTE, AND ERASER ON PAPER, 22 X 30 IN / 56 X 76 CM, 2015, $576 EACH
My large-scale charcoal and graphite drawings make significant use of erasure and layering. Having come of age in a “Knowledge Economy” I question my own lack of everyday knowledge—specifically agricultural, culinary, building, and mechanistic. My drawing practice stems from my examination of these unfamiliar spaces, objects, species and processes. During a residency in France, I was given a pheasant to pluck without instruction. I documented the awkwardness with which I enacted this (historically) common process. The gesture has formed the basis of my drawings since. It is the first in what I hope will be an ongoing project wherein the performance of a historic process initiates a drawing gesture. Faisan as a project aims to merge the process (the doing—faisant) with the subject (the pheasant—faisan).
Originally from Ottawa, Katie Belcher has made Nova Scotia her home since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2007. Belcher has 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). Her large scale charcoal drawings have been exhibited in public galleries in Canada and the UK, most recently with solo exhibition, In time's furrows, at Queen Street Studios (Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2013). In addition to her artistic practice, Belcher is the Director of Eyelevel Gallery, an artist-run centre in Halifax, Canada. She is also one of four managing artists for HERMES. Having recently finished her final term as Past President of the Board of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, she continues to be serve on the editorial committee of their magazine, Visual Arts News.