Catherine Truman

Australia,

Catherine Truman has a diverse practice that explores the parallels between art and science. Renowned for her meticulous carving skills, in 1990 she was awarded the Japan/South Australia Cultural Exchange Scholarship sending her to Tokyo to study with contemporary Netsuke carvers.  Catherine is qualified in the Feldenkrais Method and maintains a deep interest in explorations of anatomy and human form in artistic and scientific contexts. Since 2007 she has collaborated with neuroscientist, and poet Ian Gibbins in numerous projects exploring themes of touch, gesture and the study of anatomy. She is currently a visiting scholar in the Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology, Eye and Vision Research at Flinders University in Adelaide.  Catherine is one of the founding members and a current partner of the Gray Street Workshop in Adelaide.

“The interior of the body is a concealed territory – the less we see the more we imagine. I’m interested in how we reveal and conceal the unfamiliar, the unaccustomed, the invisible.
A curiosity of the very nature of the human body has always been a potent resource for my work and my choice of medium. My current interests lie in the ways in which the human anatomy has been translated through artistic processes and scientific method – how the experience of living inside a body has been given meaning.”

Catherine has been selected as the featured artist for the 2016 South Australian Living Artist Festival (SALA) and will be subject of a SALA monograph to be published in August. The Art Gallery of South Australia will present a comprehensive survey exhibition of her work from June 11 until September 4, 2016.



Brooches, 2012, English limewood, paint, glass

More work by Catherine Truman

Hybrid red tree brooches by Catherine Truman Hybrid red tree brooches, 2009, Chinese boxwood, shu niku ink
Anatomie brooches by Catherine Truman Anatomie brooches, 2006, English limewood, paint
Brooches by Catherine Truman Brooches, 2012, English limewood, paint, glass
Brooches by Catherine Truman Brooches, 2010, English limewood, paint
Brooches by Catherine Truman Brooches, 2010, English limewood, paint
Brooches by Catherine Truman Brooches, 2010, English limewood, paint
Fluro brooches by Catherine Truman Fluro brooches, 2014, plastic, steel

Exhibitions

Some Uncertain Facts

November 13 to December 8, 2012

“The works in this exhibition are a collection of forms made in relation to one another, the previous one giving the next a reason for existing. They form an installation of a kind, perhaps a never-ending conundrum of propositions.”