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Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft

Catherine Truman: Master of Australian Craft 2008-2010

30 November 2008


Curriculum vitae

Catherine Truman is co-founder of Gray Street Workshop in Adelaide. Established in 1985, it is one of Australia's longest running artists' co-operatives.

In 1990 she was awarded the Japan/South Australia Cultural Exchange Scholarship and studied with contemporary Netsuke carvers in Tokyo. In 1997 she was a finalist in the Seppelt's Contemporary Art Award at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and has recently been awarded an Australia Council Fellowship.

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. She has completed a number of major public sculptural commissions including Slate Pool Walkway at the Art Gallery of South Australia and A Way of Seeing for David Jones, Adelaide.

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. Earlier work has dealt with social issues ranging from aging, housing and shelter through to more personal themes dealing with human intimacy. Later work is centred upon investigations into the authenticity of the images we carry about our personal anatomy. The resulting objects characteristically carved from wood or wax are not exact anatomical replicas but rather evoke sensory responses of physical recognition and resemblance.

Currently she is a PhD research candidate at Monash University and her topic is The crafting of human anatomy - a personal inquiry.


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