We live in a society which is saturated in ideals of beauty, unrealistic body images, sexist, racist and gendered physical standards. Television, advertisements and social media add fire to this storm of superficial beauty. It is a narrow and unrealistic view 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.
Trinley 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 merges surrealism with medical illustration to create unique renderings of anatomy. 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.
In Figures 1,2, Dorje combines anatomy with a nebulous design.
In Figures 3,4,5, Dorje blurs the lines of anatomy by combining a surrealistic design with a vibrant colour palette.
About the artist
Trinley 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 the CV surgery and left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) programs at Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Toronto General Hospital, part of the University Health Network. Her career provides her with the opportunity to view the human body through various medical imaging technologies, which provide ample inspiration for her art. Her art extends beyond a scientific passion and moves towards a sociological approach to the human race.
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 is then displayed either in a back-lit lightbox, mounted to a metal panel 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.
Trinley Dorje has exhibited her work in Canada, the USA and Ireland. Her art has been published in magazines, online blogs and a book cover.
For more information about Dorje’s art, please visit tdorjeart.myportfolio.com and Instagram/Twitter @tdorjeart.
Conflicts of Interest: The author has no conflicts of interest to declare.