One year in America

Elisabeth Belliveau


Belliveau’s graphic novel begins with a loss of innocence over ice skater Katarina Witt’s fall from grace by posing in Playboy. It is told through both drawings and email text between friends. The story jumps between Canada and the United States and travels abroad navigating life after art school, marriage and divorce. It is a year in a life, but one that is pregnant with memory, meaning and desire. It is a post-modern coming of age story which quite literally crosses boundaries.
“Elisabeth Belliveau’s drawings gently capture people in odd moments, unsuspecting. Her perspective is detached, cautious, and spare, seeking out meaning in the mundane. Her moments of lyrical clarity are lovely.” — Montreal Review of Books
About the Author

Elisabeth Belliveau, (she/her)
b. Antigonish Nova Scotia
Based in Treaty 6 Territory —Amiskwacîwâskahikan, Edmonton AB
BFA Alberta University of the Arts, MFA Concordia University MTL.

Elisabeth is an artist and published author. Her studio work explores contemporary Still Life through a feminist lens. She employs close watching captured through moving image and sculpture. Her graphic novels unfold as diaristic, poetic reflections centered in sharing stories of women’s lives. Elisabeth has attended residencies including Tokyo Arts and Space, Studio Kura Itoshima, Ravi Belgium, Banff Center, Struts, KIAC, and the NFB/ ONF. Recent exhibitions include ‘Alone in the house’ at G44, MOMENTA Biennale de L’image, and Capture Photo, as well as an upcoming screening at Ordinary Day Film Festival in Stockholm.

Publication Details

ISBN 9781894994873
5.75×8.25 inches
112 pages
Published 2014