Andrew Etheridge

Sculpture | Durham

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From early childhood, Andrew Etheridge was fascinated by the human form and the medical world. This interest led him to pursue a career in anaplastology, a branch of medicine that designs prosthetics for an absent or disfigured part of the face or body. The intersection of science and visual art is evident in his meticulously crafted anatomical works that deconstruct traditional portraiture to create new hyper-sensory forms.

As he states in an article by the online journal, On Art and Aesthetics, “My work as a clinical anaplastologist most definitely influences my art, manifesting itself in how we see ourselves, how we perceive beauty, how we feel and about people who are different, and how we psychologically digest that.” He interrogates our notions of the self and body in his artwork through the deconstruction and re-construction of human anatomy. During his creative process, Etheridge says that he “re-imagines the body as a new creative hyper-surrealistic form by morphing, rearranging, confining, amputating, and displaying its parts for the viewer to examine.”  This manipulation of form often provokes a strong visceral reaction, leading viewers to re-examine their own self-images and sense of what it means to be human. 

Etheridge is a 2018-2019 N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellowship recipient. He received a Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant in 2016 and the Da Vinci award for presentation of exemplary case results at the International Anaplastology Association conference in 2018.  A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with an M.F.A. in Fine Arts, he resides in Durham.