Stiff, Millett’s project at the ADRI, examines our evolving understanding of human anatomy and its physiological processes, data visualization, and how advanced technologies have rapidly altered the representation of our interiors. These new “ways of seeing”have become the norm, from MRIs to CT scans to sonography. Is the established medical pedagogy of dissecting cadavers a thing of the past? Will the gross anatomy lab be replaced by the computer lab? Our bodies are now sliced and re-assembled on our never-ending quest for the cure, whatever the ailment. Millett seeks to collaborate with researchers who share similar interests, from the fields of medicine, anatomy, biology, gender studies, and history, to engage in a contemporary cultural critique of societal issues surrounding reproduction, gender identity, and sexual taboos.
Millett recently completed a residency at the Digital Stone Project in Gramolazzo, Italy, where she used a 7-axis robotic arm to carve a marble dissecting table incised along the three anatomical planes. The piece references the tradition of ecorché models as well as contemporary modes of depicting the body’s construction.