Saturday, June 6, 2009

Patricia Piccinini

In a recent blog, Chris drew a comic about us going to see an exhibition by Patricia Piccinini. It was at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and was one of the best shows we've ever seen. She is a super successful artist in Australia and represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2003. Most of her work explores the possible effects of technology and genetic modification. She creates incredibly realistic lifeforms that represent a new stage of evolution.

For some, her work is quite confronting but what we really loved about the TMAG show was how seamlessly she incorporated her work into the museum's own collection. Strange creatures peeked out from dioramas of native animals and made us really think about how some aspects of the natural world have the potential to evolve around the lifestyle we create. And to question whether this would be a good thing.


  1. 8 D Happy B-day! I hope that exhibition gets to my country, what I've seen is incredible.

  2. Some pieces reminded me Ron Mueck... but with a stronger twist.
    Now I know why my poor Chris was so deeply impressed.


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