Diana Thorneycroft (1997-01-23)

Diana Thorneycroft
Practice: Photography, Sculpture and Performance
Date of Lecture: 1997-01-23

Thorneycroft_Diana_w01Untitled (Mask), 1990 © Diana Thorneycroft

Diana Thorneycroft is a sculptor and photographer who was born in Claresholm, Alberta and received her MA in Art from the University of Wisconsin. Thorneycroft’s work involves the startling arrangement of existing materials (dolls, bones, plastic skin, fur) into disarming, psychologically fraught images and objects. Her black and white dreamscapes speak of a voyage into the psyche that questions identity, sexuality, the ambiguities of gender and memory. Metaphors of dismemberment and re-configuration, bondage and shifting personas pervade her intricately layered and visually dense works.

Since 1989, when she began to work in the medium of photography, her work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada, in Edinburgh, Moscow, Tokyo and at the Carpenter Centre for the Visual Arts at Harvard University.

Diana Thorneycroft: The Body, its lesson and camouflage is a ten-year retrospective of Thorneycroft’s work curated by Robert Enright. The show was organized by the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, circulated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery and toured nationally and internationally from 1999-2002.

Thorneycroft currently teaches at the University of Manitoba School of Art.

Additional Links: http://dianathorneycroft.com/