Art Statement

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. 

Artist Biography

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.

Exhibitions

Upcoming 

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Current

Art à la Carte. In Camera Dining Room. Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 11 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, Ontario. January 12 - December 15, 2019.

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.

2018

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.

2017
Summer Emerging Artist Exhibition. Gallery 1313, Toronto, Ontario. June 21 - July 2, 2017.
Art in the Conservatory. Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario. April 5, 2017.

Publications

Dorje T. Artist gives human anatomy a colourful makeover. Cardiovasc Diagn Ther 2019;9(1):112-114. Article and cover image.

Distinguished Artist Feature. ArtAscent Magazine V34 Yellow, pp. 46-48. December 2018.

CBC Arts - Exhibitionists Television Series S04/E08"What happens when the human body isn't the subject of the art — it's the medium?Aired November 16, 2018.

Burke, Anne. "Tolerance and co-existence begin in the womb". Probeta Mag - Contemporary Art & Science. Online article. August 24, 2018.

Online article and video. August 15, 2018. 

University Health Network News. "Self-Taught Artist Puts A Different Lens on the Heart". Online article and video. May 2018. 

Dorje, Trinley. Cover Art: "Open Your Mind", 2017. Book: Medical Nihilism. Author: Stegenga, Jacob. Oxford University Press, UK. Publication April 15, 2018. Front/Rear cover art.

Palenske, Allison. "Microcosms of the Earth by Trinley Dorje", SciArt Digital Magazine, December 2017.

Praxis Centre. "Artist Feature". Online Blog Publication. November 2017.

Vander Weele, Caitlin M. "Interstellate: A Stream of Consciousness", Volume 2, November 2017, p. 7.

Art The Science. "Creators: Trinley Dorje". Online Blog Publication. August 2017.​​​​​​​

Oglivie, Megan. "Toronto General staff hold second annual art show", The Toronto Star. Online Publication. April 2017. 

Awards

Imagining the Skies Contest, via The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).
'We Are Stardust 1.0', winner by public vote in the Creative Intermediate Category, February 2019.
'Stellar Jewels' winner by panel vote in the Creative Intermediate Category, February 2019. 

Private Collections

Calgary, Alberta
Toronto, Ontario
Los Angeles, California
Hamburg, Germany
Berlin, Germany
Wales, UK

Public Collections

Toronto, Ontario
Dublin, Ireland


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