In today’s view of our Atelier 32 artists, we look at the work of Kevin Belanger. His series, A Long Desire, was inspired by our current pandemic and its new reality. After retiring from the Postal Service into a world of anxiety and longing, Belanger worked during the Atelier to visualize this new reality by crafting a project that helps him cope with our new normal.
Which of these images was the impetus for this series? How did it inform how you completed the series?
The one of the family which I titled “Flight”for the exhibition was seminal. It lead me to shoot for empty or “safe” spaces. The church is titled “Sanctuary”. I suppose the family was”fleeing” to the imagined safety of the city, “A Long Desire”. Or a safety that was past and only to be hoped for.
How the Atelier has helped you hone your vision as an artist?
The greatest benefit of the Atelier was in sharpening my focus as I discovered my project. The exercises were extremely beneficial when it came to telling a story and establishing and crafting a series.
Tell us what is next for you creatively.
I plan to take the Atelier in the, I hope, not too distant future and perhaps continue my photographic education.