Jennifer Bélanger


Jennifer Bélanger is interested in the accidental observer and the ordinary and daily as matter for art. Sometimes she thinks art ruined her life. On the dreary days when inspiration reels and the tip of her nose shadows her line of vision, she writes herself letters of encouragement and sends them in the mail. Bélanger has a BFA from Université de Moncton and an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.


I am very interested in the accidental observer and the ordinary and daily as matter for art and most of my work is of an interventionist nature. Decorating weeds, placing gifts in the urban landscape, occupying billboards, and using newspaper ads to communicate with others are ways in which I attempt to insert interludes in the observer’s daily routine. My interest lies in this unannounced presence of art in unsuspected places. It is very much about the notion of art infiltrating everydayness and creating imaginary narratives for both the artist and the observer. I see this component of my work as an empirical, open-ended investigation into social psychology.

I also impose the exercise of bettering myself through work that challenge my skills and patience such as finishing strangers’ various hobby projects (Finish what you started) or revamping second-hand objects (The Gift, below) all of which were purchased and returned to second-hand stores. Recently I am in the process of learning a song on the acoustic guitar to make a country music video.