Dr Victoria Carruthers - Nat Sch of Arts (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

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My research areas are primarily focused on modern and contemporary art history and theory. I also have an interest in the intersections between visual cultures and politics, literature, music and philosophy. I completed an Honours degree at the College of Fine Arts (UNSW) and then traveled on a scholarship to the UK where I completed a PhD at the University of Essex, awarded in 2012. My doctoral thesis focused on the art of the late American surrealist Dorothea Tanning with whom I worked in New York before her death in 2012. Before studying art history, I completed a BA in literature and philosophy and a Masters by thesis on Shakespeare's late plays, both at the University of Sydney.

My research interests have been broad and reflect my education in the Humanities and my personal interest in the history of music. For this reason, I would consider my research practices genuinely interdisciplinary with a grounding in feminist practice and ideology. I have a growing interest in the metaphysics of death, dying and creativity, reflected in collaborative research with academics at the University of Sydney.

My publications include essays on Tanning's work and its relationship to music, gothic literature and mermaid imagery. I have also published on surrealist poetry, Young British Artists, the surrealist Czech artist Emila Medkova and have recently published the first critical monograph on Dorothea Tanning.

Contact

Phone :4264 (Strathfield)
Email :Victoria.Carruthers@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Modernism, surrealist art practice, ; contemporary art, gothic literature/aesthetics, ; visual cultures, feminist practice, politics, ; neoliberalism, interdisciplinary studies, ; feminist/eco theology, metaphysics of death ;

Methods Expertise

Visual, textual and discourse analysis ; Qualitative approaches, ethnography ;

Research Projects

Selected Publications

2020

Dorothea Tanning: Transformations

2019

Dorothea Tanning Essay, in The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism

Joyce Mansour Essay, in The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism

2015

Emila Medkova: a female photographer of Prague, in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art

2014

Mermaids and Metaphors: Dorothea Tanning's Surrealist Ocean, in Framing the Ocean, Social Space in Western Art.

2013

Excessive bodies, shifting subjects and Voice in the poetry of Joyce Mansour, in Dada/Surrealism.

2011

Dorothea Tanning and Her Gothic Imagination, in Surrealism and the Americas

2010

Between Sound and Silence: exploring some connections between John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen and the sculptures of Dorothea Tanning, in Art, History and the Senses, 1830 to the present