Author Archives: Catherine Truman

About Catherine Truman

Biographical Statement 2011 Catherine Truman is co-founder and current partner of Gray Street Workshop in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1985, it is one of Australia's longest running artists' co-operatives. She has traveled and exhibited widely nationally and internationally and is represented in a number of major national and international collections including the Pinakothek Moderne Munich, Museum of Auckland, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Art Gallery of South Australia and Artbank In 2007 she was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship and selected as a Master of Australian Craft 2008-2010. Truman qualified as a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method in 1999 and uses the body as a starting point in her work. Her work has always been informed by a strong political consciousness. Current interests lie in the ways in which human anatomy has been translated through artistic process and scientific method – specifically how the experience of living inside a body has been given meaning and the role of new technologies in the translation, expression and expansion of our individual and shared experiences of the human body. She has researched historical and contemporary anatomical collections world-wide and has participated in a number of art/science- based projects such as Reskin an ANAT Wearable technology Lab, Australian National University, With the Body in Mind (a multidisciplinary art/sciences forum presented through Arts in Health, Flinders Medical Centre and Not Absolute an exhibition of collaborative works by artists and medical researchers and scientists held at Flinders University Art Museum, 2009. In 2008 Truman was invited to participate in Thinking Through the Body (ARTLAB) –an interdisciplinary research project exploring the use and potential of touch, movement and proprioception in body-focused interactive art practices co-coordinated by Dr George Khut and Dr Lizzie Muller. The first public presentation of this research was held in Performance Space, Sydney, 2009. Thinking Through the Body continues to operate as a research ensemble. Since 2009 Truman has been artist in residence in the Autonomic Neurotransmission Laboratory, Anatomy and Histology, Flinders University, Adelaide. In 2010 Truman and neuroscientist, Professor Ian Gibbins were awarded a Teaching and Learning Innovation grant (Flinders University) to carry our their research project entitled: Translating the Body: the choreography of representation in anatomy teaching. Truman has just been awarded a ANAT Synapse residency to further her collaboration with Gibbins. Their research is focused on the exploration of the role of two and three dimensional forms of representation in the communication of functional human anatomy to students of medical science.

a spine is a spine is a…

A selection of images taken on 9/8/2011 during a class focused upon the spine touching a complexity touching a perspective touching a name touching to question touching a relationship touching to feel touching to see touching to know.  

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Valuing the invaluable & honouring the incidental

The musculoskeletal course for 2011 has just concluded. The students have completed their exams and the marking is almost done.  Ian and I are heading up to Brisbane today to present some of our research at the Elusive Obvious Symposium … Continue reading

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Perfect conditions

When I make an object I recognize that the conditions must feel right both internally and externally. But I cannot clearly define, let alone conjure up the ‘perfect’ conditions conducive to a successful making experience in any given moment. I … Continue reading

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I make therefore I am

I have just been pondering the relationship between my understanding of the practical anatomy classroom and my practice as an artist. My practice affords me the chance to both engage and reflect upon my experience of the human body. Conceptually, … Continue reading

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Talking Hands

Tuesday 19th July Musculoskeletal Practical Anatomy Class Second Year Medicine The Prac topic : HANDS          

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No ordinary Tuesday

Tuesday 12th July, 2011 Anatomy Laboratory, School of Medicine, Flinders University 2nd year Meds, Musculoskeletal Lecture & Practical Session: Upper Limb ( bones) This was no ordinary Tuesday. Ian and I talked about it the following morning.   Here are … Continue reading

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Touch (noun) to Touch (verb)- meandering sticks

Cory, the lab technician has placed a box of bones on a table in the anatomy museum for me to scrutinize. Bones of the upper limb this time. One tattered and bulging carton full to overflowing with scapulae and hand … Continue reading

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Long bones of the lower limb

What is the role of touch when learning the body? I have spent the last few days looking closely at the bones that are in constant use by the students in the anatomy laboratory. One of the technicians who has … Continue reading

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Evidence of touch

We just don’t seem to have the words to express the depth of understanding gained through touch. Over the last few years that I’ve been observing Ian teaching anatomy lessons at Flinders it seems clear from the data we’ve collected … Continue reading

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A Morning’s Anatomy

During this Synapse6 residency I am focusing on the complexities of learning human anatomy- how we approach this conundrum of embodiment. Initially during 2008/9 I observed Prof Ian Gibbins teaching a number of classes to medical students in the Anatomy … Continue reading

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