The Luminous Landscape Grant – Victoria Piersig – ON, Canada Grant amount $5,000 WHEAT the bread we eat | ORE the cars we drive | GYPSUM the walls that define the rooms in which we live In 2011 I secured my first passage aboard one of the last Canadian-built lake freighters still operating in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway with the intent to reacquaint Canadians … [Read more...]
Victoria Piersig I have lived for thirty years in the shadow of a now disused malting factory located along the central waterfront in Toronto. In the early years I loved the distant sound of the compressors and the sweet/sour malty smell drifting through my open windows on a hot summer's night. Now considered an eyesore by many, I delight in the interplay of light and shadow on its scarred surface. A majestic retired fortress of food it reminds us that the communities along the shores of the Great Lakes have their roots in the shipping of natural resources. A trained photographer, Victoria returned to photography after a hiatus of twenty years during which time she worked in custom fabrication for television and film, and in the financial industry. Recent exhibitions including work from her project Trading Places has been presented at the Saint John Visual Arts Centre NB, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Guatephoto Guatemala, the Workers' Arts & Heritage Centre in Hamilton, Rencontres internationals de la photographie en Gaspésie and The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.