TRUDI LYNN SMITH
Anita from ROLLOUT has known Trudi since grade ten when they would try to get kicked out French class to go and watch the skaters. Like many of our frequent collaborators we started working with Trudi professionally after our debut wallpaper show at the Alibi Room in 2005 and have never looked back.
Education: BA (Anthropology, Dalhousie University); BFA (Photography, Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design); MA (Interdisciplinary – Environmental Studies and Anthropology, University of Victoria); PhD (Interdisciplinary, Anthropology and Visual Art, University of Victoria)
Describe your work: A series of experiments to better understand how photographs are entangled in subjective, sensorial exchanges, and how photographs are not only images or objects, but are also acts.
Inspirations: The Canadian Rockies; national parks; conversations with people about looking, taking pictures, old photographs.
Awards or Recognition: SSHRC doctoral fellow 2005-2008; University of Victoria Interdisciplinary fellow 2008-present.
Future Projects/Goals To finish writing my PHD dissertation.
What is one word that describes your artist style? Anthropological.
How did you get started working with ROLLOUT? Intersecting life pathways that began in 1989 led to an invitation to design a wallpaper for a show in 2005. Ongoing intersecting interests and conversations.
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What resources do you use for creating your work? Groundtruthing – verifying photographs myself. Trying as many ways as possible to literally get back to a place, to a photographic moment.
Can you share any of your secret tips? Go slow and ask for help.
Is there a piece of art you wished you had created, and why? Anything by Tacita Dean. I like her explorations of nature and history.
What gets you excited about tomorrow? Even more time to do the things I love!
How would you refer to the current artistic style and mindset you live in today? The art of everyday life.
PROJECTS BY TRUDI SMITHPortable Camera Obscura - click image to see project.