Societal and cultural standards of physical perfection are all around us. Class status, ideals of beauty, unrealistic body images, sexist, racist and gendered standards are what's on view for the world to see. Television, advertisements and social media add fire to this storm of superficial beauty. It is a narrow and delusional ideal of the human form which often fosters discrimination and oppression. This false reality of perceived physical perfection is largely unattainable by most and may have detrimental physical and mental effects on those seeking to attain it.
T. Dorje's creative process stems from a desire to even the playing field by bringing our internal biological world to the forefront. In depicting solely our inner components in her art, the prejudices and stereotypes that are so commonly associated with external traits can be transcended. In removing the skin of the human body, she erases any exterior level physical differences and allows the viewer of her art to focus on the multifaceted layers of the human body. To view the human form for what it truly is, human, nothing more.
Her artistic interpretation of anatomy is diverse in its presentation and she encourages the viewer of her art to strip away societal biases and to openly negotiate the emotional and gendered meanings of the human body. She hopes her art will promote interest in the medical sciences and encourage discussion around racial, gender, and sexual biases and the importance of equality for all.
T. Dorje's fascination with anatomy started at a very young age. She studied anatomy intensively and has developed a strong foundation in gross and skeletal anatomy, morphology, development, human disease, trauma and taphonomy. She currently works in a post-surgical, acute care setting which provides her with the opportunity to view the human body through various medical imaging technologies. Thus, providing ample inspiration for her art. Her art extends beyond a scientific passion and moves towards a sociological approach to the human race.
T. Dorje is a self-taught artist who creates original artwork through a combination of traditional sketching, mixed media and digital painting methods. The physical end-product of her digital painting work is almost always a single hard-copy image displayed on a non-traditional medium including; back-lit film, metallic paper or chromaroll paper, which are then displayed either in a back-lit lightbox, or face-mounted to an acrylic panel. These digital artworks are individually produced and signed in a single physical edition and are in all respects unique. The artist refers to these specific works as digital monoprints.
Art à la Carte. In Camera Dining Room. Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 11 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, Ontario. January 12 - December 15, 2019.
Art in the Conservatory. Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario. May 29, 2019.
Being Scene 2019. Workman Arts at Toronto Media Arts Centre, 36 Lisgar St. Toronto, Ontario. February 28 - March 23, 2019.
Create: The Art of Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond. Galway University Hospital. Galway, Ireland. February 1 - March 15, 2019.
The Heart Show. Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard St. East Toronto, Ontario. January 30 - February 17, 2019.
La Planete Sauvage: Moving Away from Human-Centred Work Beyond Anthropocene. Design TO Festival at Co:Lab, 906 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario. January 17 - February 3 , 2019.
Create: The Art of Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond. St. Peters' Gallery. Cork Ireland. January 12 - 27, 2019.
The Salon of Inclusiveness. Black Cat Showroom, 1785 St Clair West Toronto, Ontario. December 6 2018 - January 7, 2019.
Create: The Art of Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond. Culture Night at Rotunda Hospital. Dublin Ireland. September 21, 2018.
Out of this World. Art inspired by the science of astronomy, celebrating 150 years of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).
Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell St, Toronto, Ontario. July 4 - July 22, 2018.
Create: The Art of Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond. Deloitte Gallery at the Science Gallery Dublin, Dublin Ireland. July 2 - July 15, 2018
The Human Form Show. Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, MO, USA. April 6 - May 25, 2018.
Art in the Conservatory. Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario. April 25, 2018.
Being Scene 2018. Workman Arts at Gladstone Hotel. Toronto, Ontario. March 1 - March 25, 2018.
The Heart Show. Gerrard Art Space, Toronto, Ontario. January 31 - February 18, 2018.
Snap To Grid Group Exhibition. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, California USA. December 14, 2017 - January 6, 2018.