Jaq Belcher

Jaq Belcher's work explores alternative states of consciousness, raising forms from single sheets of white paper. From a starting point onwards the practice of mindfulness, and concentration, has many points at which it can deviate. The focus for her is on the process of reduction and repetition, the manipulation of matter. This can be seen as a practice which allows, or requires, stillness. The process hones concentration and therefore the power of the mind through focus.

Belcher's exploration of this idea began taking a visual direction when she was pondering the beauty of a single expanse of white paper. How can one add to such a simple and beautiful void? So she began to do the opposite, taking away from it by slicing out shapes. The shapes were evocative of the mental process and the repetitive cognition in bringing oneself to focus, and focus, and focus. The intersection of two circles and the point to line to point of simple geometric forms allows for the idea of taking from something as simple as a circle, and not adding to it; again the process of taking from, not adding to.

The resulting works are beautifully patterned and complex. They are Belcher's proclamation if you will to the power of silence and the noise in the void. The works testify to the idea of 'being' in the moment, the idea of staying in the 'now', the 'present'. Belcher references ideas in eastern and western meditation practices, also spiritual  alchemy, and esoteric philosophy.

Belcher was born in Australia, and currently lives and works in New York City.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and her Master of Arts Administration from the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts.

Education

2005    National Academy School of Fine Arts, Master Drawing Class, New York City 
1999    Master of Arts Admin, Major Sculpture, University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts 
1997    B.F.A (Gold & Silversmithing), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia 
1993    Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts), The University of Melbourne, Australia

Selected Exhibitions

2016 White Noise, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Dallas TX (Solo exhibition) 

2016 Something Gold, Brintz Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

2015 New Arrangements, Heather Gaudio Fine Art, New Canaan, CT

2015 Hidden Light, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN  (Solo exhibition)

2015 Reconfigured.  Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

2015 Papercuts at VCUQ Gallery. Doha, Qatar

2014 Somewhere Between Creation and Destruction,  Joseloff Gallery, West Hartford, CT 

2014 Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

2014 Fold, Paper, Scissors, Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, AZ 2013

2014 Papercuts, curated by Reni Gower, traveling exhibition, Myers School of Art, Akron, OH 

2014 PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material, The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA 

2012 A Cut Above - 12 Paper Masters, Christopher Henry Gallery, New York, NY

2012 Papercuts, curated by Reni Gower, traveling exhibition, Atlanta, GA and Mobile, AL

2011 Suchness, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN (one person) 

2011 White-Hot, Thatcher Projects, New York, NY 

2011 The White Show, curated by Vicky Clark, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, PA 

2011 Divergent Affinities, Wexler Gallery, Philidelphia, PA

2010 The West at Sunset, Abrons Art Center, Lower Eastside, NY 

2010 Cut it Up, Anne St Gallery, Newburgh, NY

2009 Drawing, Margaret Thatcher Projects, Chelsea, NY 

2009 Cutters, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ & Hunter College Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Process/Presence, Art League of Long Island, Long Island, NY 

2008 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, National Academy of Design, Solos, Haven Arts, Bronx, NY 

2008 White Out, 3 East 66th St, New York, NY Drawing Revealed, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY 

2007 Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Open Studios, New York, NY 

2007 Bronx Studio Art Tours, Bronx, New York 

2006 Paperworks, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney, Australia 

2006 13 Women On 13 Walls, Haven Gallery, Bronx, NY 

2006 Slowly, Slowly, Kudos Gallery, Sydney, Australia 

2005 Visual Aids, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY 

2005 preliminary realms, Haven Gallery, Bronx, NY  (one person) 

2005 Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, NY