Lousia Baillie – anatomy specialist and artist 2017-07-16T22:01:08+00:00

I specialise in anatomy of the human body. My scientific anatomy research is focused on the human face, especially how to improve success rate of forensics face prediction onto an unknown skull. My art practise is studio and teaching based. I do commissioned portrait busts of infants, children and adults. I also teach portrait sculpture, life drawing classses, and present human anatomy displays to the public using clay sculpture and body painting.

I studied Fine Art at Otago, graduating with Honours in Sculpture in 1993. I also have a Health Science degree (Otago) and recently completed my PhD in Anatomy (Otago).

Anatomy education

For over six years I’ve presented anatomy communication events, both demonstrations and workshops. I have used body painting as well as clay and plasticine sculpting onto skeleton and skull casts.

Forensic facial approximation

My doctoral research at the Department of Anatomy, University of Otago, was on Forensic Facial Approximation. Research focused on data used to predict a face onto a skull, and variables that affect that data.

Studio art practice

I have sculpted portraits since the 1990s, although only intermittently because of other commitments. During 2009 and 2010 I was an Artist-in-Residence at the Dunedin School of Art. During that time I sculpted 12 portrait busts, all of local Otago identities.

Guest speaker events

Many different groups, both specialist and general, have asked me to speak about my Forensic Facial Approximation research, and a range of other topics.