Lorraine Oades and Mark Pounds
Laura 1898-1990 is the third in a series of portraits dedicated to women. The images used in the video are drawn from photographs taken by Lorraine’s grandmother, Laura Fisher, when she was a young to middle-aged woman. The text comes from the weekly letters Laura sent her over the last eleven years of her life. The eldest of twelve children, Laura grew up on a family farm outside of Stonewall, Manitoba. Looking back on these images, it is striking to consider the enormity of change that took place during her lifetime.
The analog soundtrack for this work was mixed together by manually adjusting faders on a multitrack mixer. This process creates a unique recording that is similar to a live performance, where the results always vary based on a number of subtle yet indeterminate factors, the most significant of which is timing.
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