• Artist
    Kim Anderson
  • Title
    Lateral View of the Spine
  • Date of Production
    2009
  • Medium
    Ink on paper
  • Dimensions
  • Credit Details

A Natural Comparison: Kim Anderson


Thursday, May 06, 2010 - Sunday, November 07, 2010, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Admission: Free


Kim Anderson's work has always primarily been inspired by images of the body.  After working more recently with light projection and installation, this series of work represents a return to the basic technique of drawing which has always been at the core of her artistic process.  A Natural Comparison is an exhibition of a series of drawings juxtaposing anatomical images with found objects from the natural environment.  This exploration began in March 2009 while she was undertaking a residency at Murrays Cottage in Hill End, NSW (funded by the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery). 

"One morning I stepped outside to discover a 'spine' in my front garden, a delicate stem of slightly withered leaves that almost exactly emulated the human vertebrae.  I ruminated on this, wondered what nature was trying to 'tell' me.  Suddenly, in studying the finer details of my surroundings more closely, I began to notice anatomical metaphors everywhere I looked - a brain, a spleen, a lung, muscles, teeth, bones, skin." 

In the spirit of early naturalists and botanists such as Joseph Banks, Ferdinand Bauer, William Blackall and Sydney Parkinson, Anderson began to collect these 'specimens' and study them closely.  It soon became apparent to her that there is a strong link between the intricate structure of our own bodies and that of the natural environment.  These 'anatomical' parts together make up a living breathing entity, whose complicated physiological processes maintain an equilibrium not unlike that occurring in our own bodies.