msdm a nomadic house-studio-gallery for photographic art and curatorial research, an expanded practice of the artist's book, photobook publishing and peer-to-peer collaboration created by contemporary artist paula roush
32 pages 38 x 26 cm
with folded colophon 16x 18 cm
laser printed black & white
corona offset 120 gsm paper
hand-bound, stab binding
with kangxi corners,
on title page
collage and design: paula roush
source: found photo foundation
edition of 32, numbered and signed
Flora McCallica is a collage of orphan photos from a set dated 1958 found in Lisbon flea market and a 1920s herbarium (Herbarium Britannicum) deaccessioned by London Kew Gardens.
The title is a tribute to Mary Delany, inventor of botanical collage (Flora Delanica 1772-1782), and Annie McCall, founder of Maternity Hospital (1889-1970), aka Stockwell Studios (1975-2013), where msdm publications were based.
Central to this work is the intersection of memory and history, Like pieces of evidence altered by the passage of time, the photographs retain stains and patterns that are unique to each print.