Silicon and prosthetic eyes, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne.
The human and animal cadaver has long been imaged throughout Western culture, ranging from museum displays to bereavement mementos. This imagery is typically located within strict paradigms that create a controlled viewing space for the cadaver to be received. Contemporary art subverts this imagery, borrowing from these established preservation and display techniques and re-introducing aspects that have been negated.
This research project investigates these opposing streams of imaging the cadaver and the different readings they generate.
This exhibition comprises the practical component of Natalie Ryan’s PhD research.