Margaret's Mountain

Elisabeth Belliveau

2009, 12:55 minutes, colour


Margaret’s Mountain is a stop-motion video animation made with articulated cutout drawings. The imagery brings together mountain and forest landscapes, domestic interior spaces and the log cabin of Yukon poet, Robert Service. The four female characters featured in the animation are loosely based on my grandmothers, who incidentally were mostly all named Margaret. Other characters include Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, both iconic poet/musicians of the 1970’s and various animals. The sound-scape weaves a collection of field recordings, remixed folk music and a poetic broken spoken narrative. The spoken text is assembled from fragments of my writing that primarily center on themes of biography, representations of women’s lives, poetry and romantic love. In the suspended world of Margaret’s Mountain, characters congregate to conjure memories of love, longing and loss. Here imagery and text bend towards the ineffable, the poetic and surreal. The animation is haunted by animals and romantic heroes in the form of poets and folk singers. The ‘Margaret’s’ inhabit this space as timeless figures sounding out their hearts.

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