The worlds of fantasy and realism join forces in the explorative artworks of Patricia Piccinini, Australian sculptor and artistic inventor. She aims to indulge in imaginative and often disturbing conceptual pieces that look at mutation in humans, and telling shape-shifting that portrays elements of our deeper personalities.
Although using real human hair in many items, the objects themselves are not actually flesh and blood. However, this doesn't stop Piccinini from making use of a spectacular array of prosthetic design know-how to form undeniably real looking things, almost human but clearly not.
Due to be showcasing a wide variety of her artworks at Brisbane's QAGOMA and in Canberra's National Gallery of Australia Hyper Real event, this October, is the world ready for the stylised and obscure tangents on offer from Piccinini? I think so, and with previous absorption in the hyper-real fantasy worlds of artists like Geiger and Jim Henson, this collection of creatures adds another layer to the richly populated realm of imagined and thought-up things that are alive
The artist likens her work to “The opposite of realism”.(Guardian). This would explain how although made to look as if it could be real, it certainly is not something we see at all. The unique but believable models give rise to the photographic negative image of realism, from the perspective of truth and fiction.
Piccinini takes inspiration from scientific and emotional wisdom in order to 'mutate' her exhibits in ways that represent the way we behave and feel but from warped and post-human perspectives. There is an element of shock and awe with what we're presented with, but also a sense of calm knowing, understanding, and silent appreciation.
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