Trinley Dorje was born and raised in Welland, Ontario Canada. As a child she lived on the outskirts of the city and often came across roadkill while out on her daily adventures in nature. These discoveries were the beginning of her fascination with anatomy. She studied anatomy intensively early in her professional life while studying Forensic Anthropology. During this time, she developed a strong foundation in skeletal anatomy, morphology, development, human disease, trauma and taphonomy. She has since switched careers, and currently works in the LVAD (Left- Ventricular Assist Device) & Vascular surgery programs at Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at Toronto General Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. Her current career provides her with the opportunity of viewing the human body through various medical imaging technologies which, in turn, provides ample anatomical inspiration for her art.
Trinley began her artistic path in October of 2016 and is a self-taught illustrator/digital artist. She produces original artwork through a combination of traditional techniques and digital painting methods. Thus, her completed visual art is only viewable on-screen or after being transferred to a physical medium.
Trinley is heavily inspired by early anatomical artists who were also scientists including; Jacques Gautier d’Agoty, Andreas Vesalius, Leonardo da Vinci, and Govert Bidloo. Modern artistic inspiration stems from both street artists and traditional artists including; Nychos, Phlegm, Herakut and Charlie Immer.
Art can often display cultural perceptions and/or societal standards of our external physical shell. Our status, cultural, societal, gender standards and unrealistic body images are what’s on view for the world to see. Trinley’s creative process stems from a desire to even the playing field by bringing our internal biological world to the forefront. Her art focuses on the multifaceted layers of the human body and draws on advances in medical imaging technologies to construct new ways of representing human anatomy.
Her artistic interpretation of anatomy is diverse in its presentation and 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. To view the human body for what it is. Not female or male, black or white, rich or poor. But to view it as human and nothing more. Trinley hopes that her art will not only promote interest in the medical sciences, but that it will encourage discussion around racial, gender, and sexual biases and the importance of equality for all.