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Leslie Bellavance

Rockford Art Museum

Using photographs, drawings, paintings, and books to examine issues of looking at and reproducing nature, Leslie Bellavance created four installations here with the collective title “Natural Wonders.” Three of these works were situated along one of the museum's wide corridor galleries while the fourth was placed around the corner in a windowless room. The nature in question is as much human nature as that found in the wild, and the mediation of her images reproduces a wilderness whose proportions are those of our own lives.

For Natural Wonder, 1987, which was installed in its own room, Bellavance painted two facing walls black and then worked directly on the walls. On one side, she wrote 30 lines of text in white chalk: “If only the creeks would stop sparkling. If only the trout were not insomnolent. If only the climb was not impossible. If only the view was not awful, etc.” On the other

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