Artist & anthropologist
I am an artist, anthropologist, educator and clinical counsellor. I work within human and more than human communities at the intersection of social practice, ethnography, and political ecology. You will find more details about what I am up to throughout this site.
Looking for counselling? You can find more @ https://www.trudismith.ca/
Making images with plants. Experimental ethnography. Leaves of stinging nettle, mashed up rose and bee balm petals, elderberry fruit.
Anarchival materiality within archives
Research-creation documenting the generative force of entropy in archives. The force of molecular transformation, violence, displacement, and other human and non-human agencies render archival materials as fugitives, both eluding and driving preservation.
A continuous slow movement
A camera reconstructed around the force of drift to think about what escapes capitalist extractivism. A proposal for how we might forge different relations with photography.
Studies for Making and Unmaking
A 15 minute film loop and performance. Making and unmaking encounters, curved by gusting winds, the squeak of technological breakdown, and the distortion of projections on paper.
Breath Camera (prototype I)
An anticapitalist wearable camera form about impermanence: camera bellows, viewing screen, and a 3 x 9 foot darkcloth mix the fleshy with the fleeting.
Life and Death in Waterton Lakes National Park
Life and Death in Waterton Lakes National Park: A research program grounded in re-enactments of archival images to understand and privilege instability, ongoingness, and difference as vital impulses in photography.