Vicki spoke to the Shellback Club about her experiences investigating bulk carrier ships and the place of bulk shipping on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. Vicki documents shipment of iron pellets, gypsum, grain, titanium ore, and concrete: the underpinnings of today's industry and construction. Vicki also offered a slide show of her excellent photography and insights on the lives of the mariners doing this work.
More of Vicki's photography can also be seen at: https://www.victoriapiersig.com.
About Victoria Piersig
Victoria is an avid sailor and the past owner of Fantome, an R Class boat, for more than thirty years.
She grew up in a family with strong political and social values, and was surrounded by art and handmade objects from an early age. Her father was a great influence in her early years resulting in a profound interest in construction and industry. Family vacations inevitably included tours of manufacturing plants, pulp mills, metal fabricators and artisan studios.
She lived for thirty-two years in the shadow of a now-disused malting factory located along the central waterfront in Toronto. In the early years, she loved the distant sound of the compressors and the sweet/sour malty smell drifting through her open windows on a hot summer’s night. Though the factory is now considered an eyesore by many, Victoria delights in the interplay of light and shadow on its scarred surface. “A majestic retired fortress of food, the malting factory reminds us that the communities along the shores of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River have their roots in the shipping of the natural resources that continue to sustain us.”
Victoria is a trained graphic designer and photographer with a working background in custom fabrication for television, film and display. Recent exhibitions, including work from her project, Trading Places, have been presented in public museums and cultural institutions from St. John to Missisauga. Her work is generously supported with grants from the Luminous Endowment Fund, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.
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