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the great hopeful someday is the updated version of Belliveau’s popular collection of zine work called Something to pet the cat about. It includes three new zines and comes with a DVD of her animations. The DVD contains animations she has been working on for the past few years while attending residencies at The Banff Centre, the NFB (Montreal), The Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture, and Struts Gallery in Sackville New Brunswick. The animations included here are: the great hopeful someday, perfect, and anchor your heart. The materials used are old gloves, costume jewellery, plasticine, office stationery and craft paper which makes these ethereal animations feel like her zines come to life. The book contains Belliveau’s most recent zines which were produced during her travels: four days in new york, don’t stop getting better (Sackville), and italy. Her finely inked images and text packed with nostalgia, which explore the beautiful in the mundane, have already received high praise:
“Every page takes my breath away, quickly and easily. I love the writing, and the artwork, the exquisite imagery, the seashells and the time, the thought, the effort put into drawing.” — Broken Pencil
“The impression is of an artist’s diary, nearly unexpurgated. There’s something appealing about the immediacy and honesty of these pages. The drawings are evocative and charming, and an occasional self-consciousness in her writing is mitigated by self-satire…. 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
“Compiled not as day-by-day entries, but more like a 20s-something Chicken Soup for the Indie Soul, Belliveau’s writing is nostalgic but travels an urban edge.”— The Coast
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