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.
Since 2007, Catherine 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.
Catherine was featured artist for the 2016 South Australian Living Artist Festival (SALA) and was the subject of a SALA monograph. The Art Gallery of South Australia presented a comprehensive survey exhibition of her work in 2016.
“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 Truman