The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Coronal Plane (detail)

Coronal Plane (detail)

Coronal Plane is the culmination of Millett’s research on the anatomical theater at the University of Padua built in 1594, the oldest surviving anatomy theater in the world. The installation allows viewers to walk into and through a space that evokes physical, emotional, and psychological reactions similar to those experienced in the historic anatomy theater in Padua by audiences of the past. Millett’s allusions to Catholic confessionals and kneeling benches in the installation invites the viewer to question the contradictory stance between dissections performed for medical education and dissections completed in order to disperse sacred remains for widespread worship. Particular references to sexuality and sexual differences are also central to Millett’s investigation of historical medical practices and philosophies.  The University of Padua was one of the first institutions that dissected both male and female cadavers.

6' x 30' x 30'
MDO (medium density overlay), LED lights, inkjet prints mounted on glass
Year Created: 
2018