Trudi called. She had rented a studio space in Victoria’s Chinatown, 562 Fisgard Street, 3rd floor. I visited. This studio was the same one I had worked in over thirty years ago. Little had been done to the interior since that time, layers of white paint, mahogany plywood nailed over narrow vertical pine boards. The layers, a suggestive archive of a place over time: A rooming house for migrant Chinese workers, a shrine room, a school, a backdrop for art production? We decided to embark on a collaborative project that would involve photographic archives and studio space and thus the two volume artist book, 562 Fisgard came into being. The project led us into archives, and then to documenting the studio inside and out in photographs, filming the studio and our actions in it, learning how to make dry plate negatives in the darkroom, printing, folding, book making, conference paper writing. All of this was underscored by discussion about the overlaps between anthropology and visual art. Our final books and installation grew directly out of our unique collaboration. Once printed four, 44” X 60”photographs form two fold-out books. Through the act of folding and unfolding, images juxtapose in various ways to create new comparisons and new readings.

Lynda Gammon, studied at The University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, [B.A.] and York University [ M.F.A.]. A significant area of her artistic production over the past several decades has dealt with ideas of architecture, space, shelter, and inhabitation as considered through the disciplines of sculpture, performance, assemblage, photography and collage. Her work has been exhibited at institutions both nationally and internationally. She is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Victoria teaching courses in photography and installation practices.

Trudi Lynn Smith was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and studied at Dalhousie University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and at University of Victoria where she completed her interdisciplinary PhD in Visual Art and Anthropology. She is an interdisciplinary scholar who writes, curates and makes artworks that focus on the materiality and cultural history of photography. She has exhibited works nationally and internationally and has recently shown at The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (AB); Crane Arts (Philadelphia, PA) and North Third Street Gallery (PA). She is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (UVic).

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Title: 562 Fisgard St. Volume l and 562 Fisgard St. Volume ll
Artists: Trudi Lynn Smith, Lynda Gammon
Limited Edition: 5 copies signed and numbered by the artists
Publication date: 2011
Size: 10 ¾”H X 22”W X ½”D
Description: Each volume consists of one accordion folded page 43 ½” X 60” printed on both sides. Archival giclee on 100% rag paper.
Cover: Hardbound cover with embossed title for each volume.