Julie Bellavance is a native of Victoriaville in the Centre-du-Québec. She lives and works mainly in Quebec City. She obtained a master’s degree in visual arts from Université Laval, developing research on abstract naturalist drawing and its printing in lithography. Her love for lithography then led her to pursue an advanced training in lithographic printing, the Printer Training Program, at the prestigious Tamarind Institute in New Mexico in 2019-2020. Her works are found in several public collections, such as the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the Sammlung Lithographie Eichstätt in Germany and the Fairfield University Art Museum in the United States.
A portable lithographic press, which can accommodate small stones, allows the artist to move around the territory and produce and print drawings in situ. She will therefore take advantage of the access to the natural environment and beauty of the gardens to produce new images. The search for subjects will be done in two ways. First on site, by bringing the stones into the landscape to make drawings in situ and by carrying out a photographic documentary research on the flowers. In the second phase, she will be creating drawings in the Maison d’Ariane, inspired by the work Der Garten von Eichstätt – Hortus Eystettensis of Basilius Besler.