Lauren Black: Memento Mori: Art, Medicine and the Body. Lauren Black: A Complex Beauty

Exhibition and Shows

30 Sep 2017 to 28 Jan 2018

Two related exhibitions by Ballarat-born, Tasmanian based artist Lauren Black. Lauren is known for her work as a botanical artist, but in this case looks into the human body.

The Latin term Memento Mori means ‘remember you will die’. The exhibition sensitively brings together two very different ways of observing the body and approaching human health, allowing for reflection on the fragility of life and the inevitability of death.

Black has worked as both artist and curator in this exhibition. She brings a selection of rarely seen medical objects and anatomical models from Victorian and Tasmanian collections. Their inclusion provides an insight into early medical practice in Australia.

In A Complex Beauty, Lauren Black builds on the themes of the related exhibition Memento Mori. Here the artist continues her work with diseased human remains, but shifts our engagement as she explores the territory of anatomical theatre, dissection, the complexities of disease and the unknown body.

A Complex Beauty is an artistic engagement with disease and medical science, bringing together new works with artifacts from medicine’s past. In her hands, pathological specimens cast off their museum identities and become once again vibrant material with a past and a ghostly afterlife.


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