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Christine Borland, Cast From Nature, 2010–11, plaster, steel, plastered cloth, dimensions variable.

Christine Borland

Glasgow Sculpture Studios

Christine Borland, Cast From Nature, 2010–11, plaster, steel, plastered cloth, dimensions variable.

With “Cast From Nature,” Christine Borland continued her ongoing examination of medical practices, focusing on depersonalization and the use of teaching aids such as simulated patients. A residency at Glasgow Sculpture Studios allowed the artist an extended period of time to develop a work in public. The project took shape as she began trying to unravel the mystery behind a nineteenth-century sculpture that was once part of the notable collection of the Anatomy Museum of Edinburgh University. Making full use of her contacts in the medical profession, she sought out the original plaster-cast sculpture, titled From Nature. She found it damaged and forgotten in the basement of the university medical school. The figure was originally cast directly from an anonymous body partially dissected to reveal the musculature of the chest, meant to be used as a teaching aid in anatomy classes.

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