Natalie Ryan's practice explores themes that surround the aesthetic representation of the cadaver throughout Western history, and it’s inclusion in the contemporary gallery space. Drawing from existing methodologies used for preserving the cadaver and introducing a contemporary aesthetic, she is interested in the process of imaging the cadaver and the exchange between science and art that has allowed this.
Ryan is currently completing her PhD at Monash University with the aid of an Australian Postgraduate Award. She is also undertaking a three year Studio Residency at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts.
In 2010 Ryan completed a Medical Residency at Monash University Medical Department and Art Department in Gippsland, this was the first residency of this nature to be initiated at this Institution. Whilst there Ryan interacted with both departments through dissections and workshops to explore the correlations of viewing and documenting the body between these two faculties.
Recent exhibitions include Evanescere, dianne tanzer gallery + projects, Melbourne (2012); Woollahra Small Sculpture Finalists Exhibition (2011); The Substation Contemporary Art Prize Finalists Exhibition (2011); Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition, Yering Station, Yarra Valley (2011), The Day The Machine Started at the Melbourne Art Fair (2010); Unnatural Selection at Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale (2010); Devoid Matter, dianne tanzer gallery + projects, Melbourne (2010); Pretty in Pink at Linden Centre for Contemporary Art; Melbourne (2010); Static at West Space; Melbourne, (2008); Void, Grantpirrie Gallery; Sydney (2008); Team Australia, curated by Veronica Tello, The Carlton Studios Melbourne (2008); Fan Art at Ziehl-Abegg ‘In Vent’ Technology Centre, Germany (2008); and The Devolution Project- curated by Mark Feary and Simon Maidment, West Space and The University of Southern Queensland, Melbourne and Queensland (2008).
Victoria was a finalist of the Artcycle Art Prize in 2012 and a finalist of Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, The Substation Contemporary Art Prize and the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition in 2011.
June 20, 2012
Natalie Ryan’s current exhibition entitled Evanescere explores notions of the cadaver as a secondary form, a shadow of it’s living self. These works depict the internals of animals stripped of their dermis, identifying features and in a suspended state of … Continue reading
April 11, 2012
The 2012 ARTECYCLE exhibition will take place 18 May 2012 to 8 July 2012. ARTECYCLE is an annual non-acquisitive sculpture and installation competition with a prize pool of $14,000 including: – $10,000 East Keilor & Strathmore Community Bank Award – … Continue reading
August 25, 2011
We are proud to announce that Natalie Ryan has recently been shortlisted for three national art awards! Look out for her in the Substation Contemporary Art Prize – Exhibition from September 3-25. Click here to learn more about the Woollahra … Continue reading