Natalie Ryan’s practice explores themes that surround the aesthetic representation of the cadaver and natural sciences throughout Western history and their inclusion in contemporary art. Drawing from existing methodologies used for displaying these elements, she is interested in the process of imaging the natural world and the exchange between science and art that has allowed this.
Ryan has worked with anatomical collections held in the Veterinary Department at the University of Melbourne and lectured in Anatomical Drawing working with human cadavers at Monash University. Ryan holds a PhD at Monash University, Imaging the Dead: The Cadaver in Western Culture and Contemporary Art.
Recent exhibitions include Second Nature presented with Blackartprojects at Second Space Projects; Disquiet (Off You) curated by Stephanie Han for Dark Mofo; Shifting Skin at China Heights Sydney; Mortem in Imagine curated by Michael Brennan at LUMA and the VAC Bendigo; Melbourne Art Fair Platform Pop Up: Cutler and Co curated by Barry Keldoulis; Imaging the Dead at MADA Gallery; Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2016; Unnatural Selection, curated by Simon Gregg at Gippsland Art Gallery; and Pretty in Pink at Linden New Art.