Photographs, glass, wood, cloth, aluminum tripod, magnifying glass, transfer lettering
Collection of the Canada Council Art Bank

Stereoscope is comprised of a wood framing structure supported by a tripod and draped with a photographer’s hood. The front set of frames contain clear glass; the rear set contain portraits of the Countess de Castiglione (ca.1856-60). Inside the structure, between the frames, a magnifying glass is mounted. The transfer lettering on the magnifier reads: ‘He formed her so superbly that when it was done He lost His head at the contemplation of this marvelous work.’ The text is exerpted from the journals of the Countess: she is referring to herself. The photographs were part of a personal archive compiled by the Countess in collaboration with a portrait photographer.

Social Complex, Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, New Brunswick