The works included were created last fall during an Artist Residency in a small Francophone village, St. Jean Port Joli, on the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada. The mixed media works were inspired by my visual surroundings, the mystery of language and culture, and an investigation into the self. Personal myths were developed based on my record keeping and contemplative spaces found in the natural environment. My work is cathartic in that it records time, place and my personal emotional landscape. Readings by Joseph Campbell, Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hahn and John O’Donohue were of great conceptual value to the works. My creative goal is to tell stories through my work and to pull the viewer in by using fun and bizarre imagery and to hopefully encourage laughter and introspective thinking.
Jennifer Belair is a mixed media visual artist. Her work often utilizes print media in conjunction with direct hand drawn imagery and painting techniques. Currently, her creative practice focuses on the exploration of interior and exterior relationships—with the self and with others.
Raised and educated in the Midwest, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking and Art History from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan and her Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she currently teaches.