Catherine Truman


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

Nasturtium brooches, 2016, paper & cotton compound, thermoplastic, paint, steel

More work by Catherine Truman

Ghost by Catherine Truman Ghost , 2020, thermoplastic, phosphorescent powders, aquamarine, vintage glass ,
Black fold brooch by Catherine Truman Black fold brooch , 2012, English limewood, paint, glass, silver ,
Nasturtium brooches by Catherine Truman Nasturtium brooches , 2016, paper & cotton compound, thermoplastic, paint, steel ,
Sugar flower brooch by Catherine Truman Sugar flower brooch , 2018, paper & cotton compound, thermoplastic, glass ,
Brooches by Catherine Truman Brooches , 2010, English limewood, paint ,
White leaf brooches by Catherine Truman White leaf brooches , 2018, paper & cotton compound, thermoplastic, steel ,
Brooches by Catherine Truman Brooches , 2010, English limewood, paint ,
Yellow Fan Sponge brooch by Catherine Truman Yellow Fan Sponge brooch , 2013, English limewood, paint ,
Pixel shell brooches by Catherine Truman Pixel shell brooches , 2012, mussell shell, glass, silver ,
Brooches by Catherine Truman Brooches , 2010, English limewood, paint ,
Eye Carvings by Catherine Truman Eye Carvings , 2007, Chinese Boxwood, paint, mother of pearl, acrylic, confectionery wrappers, graphite, paint ,
Fluoro plant brooches by Catherine Truman Fluoro plant brooches , 2013, thermoplastic, steel ,
Hybrid red tree brooches by Catherine Truman Hybrid red tree brooches , 2010, Chinese Boxwood, paint, steel ,
In Preparation for seeing: SEM glove  by Catherine Truman In Preparation for seeing: SEM glove , 2017, Black cotton glove, glass, paint, steel forceps, petri dishes, light pad ,
Red Ra shell brooches by Catherine Truman Red Ra shell brooches , 2011, English limewood, shu niku ink, silver, steel ,


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.”


October 6 - 31, 2015

Gallery Funaki celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition by some of our longest-standing artists.

2018 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

15 August - 15 September 2018

The 2018 Mari Funaki Award presents work by 30 emerging and established artists from around the world.


10 March - 9 April, 2020

Elegy is an exhibition of ‘mourning jewellery’ by a group of 12 Australian women artists, reflecting on the loss of ecology and biodiversity.