Rebecca Belmore | the artist




The artist Rebecca Belmore
Born March 22 1960, Upsala, Ontario, Canada.
Lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Style and technique of the artist: Installation art, Performance Art,


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Belmore’s performances bring to the fore the complexity of associations and issues with remarkable incisiveness, penetrating the surface of complacency like a sharp knife slipped under soft flesh. Her considered materiality, and attention to the meaning of place make the hidden real…
Through powerful images that implicate the body, performances that address history and memory, and gestures that evoke a sense of place, Rebecca Belmore is known for creating multi-disciplinary works that reveal a long-standing commitment to the politics of identity and representation…
Working for forty-five minutes, using a salvaged piece of west coast timber, buckets of sand from nearby Spanish Banks, six Desert Storm shirts purchased from an army surplus store, a hammer, some nails, and the sound of pow-wow music emanating from my truck. – I set out to make, to build, to destroy, and to raise – my thoughts about war.  Driving nails through the camouflage fabric and into what used to be a majestic tree – I assaulted, soothed and shaped a personal version of a memorial pole with the setting sun and then working in the headlights of my own vehicle… making, making always war.
Artist statement and works
Like most good ideas, Belmore’s Fountain is quite simple, and no one else has done it as far as I know: she projected video onto an artificial waterfall, or “water screen”. You can see the result here (VIDEO). One has the usual intimacy of the “black cube” effect typical of video installation; but, in addition to this, the floor is wet, this is real water, and although there is a soundtrack with the video, the sound of the water is real. So does this result in the “embodied” interaction with the work of which Bishop speaks? It does and it does not, because what is real is simultaneously theatrical, in the same sense that Olafur Eliasson’s re-creations of weather are theatrical…


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