Raina Belleau was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a city where water and land, humans and nature, comingle and meld. This blending of two seemingly apposing landscapes continues to inform her life and artwork. Belleau received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been shown at the Plains Art Museum (Fargo, ND), Not Gallery (Austin, TX), GRIN (Providence, RI) and in multiple group exhibitions around the country. Belleau is half of the collaborative duo Belleau + Churchill with whom she has attended the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory as artists in residence and exhibited nationally. Their research-based projects examine the connections between fact and fiction, history and mythology, science and speculation.
About Her Work
Inspired by cinema, natural history and environmental issues, Belleau creates surreal scenes and characters with an underlying dark sense of humor. These scenes are at times ideals and at others, dystopias. They convey her personal desires and anxieties surrounding the environment and its inhabitants. Overall, Belleau’s work has been influenced by a cultural relationship to nature and personal experiences. Through her sculptural work she examines nature’s influence on society with an empathetic yet critical eye.