Natalie Ryan

Imaging the Dead

PhD candidate

  • Natalie Ryan

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.