Local Artist Profile: Catherine Truman

Image credit: Grant Hancock
Catherine Truman is an established Adelaide-based artist.

Catherine Truman is an established artist with a research-based practice focused on the parallels between the artistic process and the scientific method. She is co-founder and current partner of Gray Street Workshop, established in 1985.

Truman was awarded an Arts South Australia Fellowship in 2016 and a significant survey exhibition was presented at the Art Gallery of South Australia. She was the subject of the 2016 South Australian Living Artist (SALA) monograph, Catherine Truman: touching distance, written by Melinda Rackham, published by Wakefield Press. In 2017 Truman was selected as Jamfactory Icon and her solo exhibition titled ‘No surface holds’ toured nationally 2018-2020.

Focused on plant/human relationships, Truman was artist in residence at the State Herbarium and Botanic Gardens of South Australia and the Ophthalmic Imaging Clinic, Flinders University undertaking The Visible Light Project: experiments in light and perception during 2019. In response, Truman’s solo exhibition, Shared Reckonings, was presented in the Museum of Economic Botany, Botanic Gardens of South Australia as an Adelaide Festival 2021 event.

Truman’s next exhibition The Arrangements: assembling nature

Currently, she is undertaking The Arrangements: assembling nature at Carrick Hill which delves into the ways humans assemble the natural world.


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