the carrier   a hyper real sculpture by patricia piccinini
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feb 27, 2013
the carrier a hyper real sculpture by patricia piccinini


‘the carrier’ by patricia piccinini, 2012
fibreglass, silicone, human hair, clothing
170 x 115 x 75 cm
all images  © peter mallet
all images courtesy the artist and haunch of venison

 

 

the otherwordly sculptures of australian artist patricia piccinini will be showing at the haunch of venison in new york,
in an exhibition titled ‘how to tell the future form the past’, on now through to the 2nd of march. piccinini’s work spans the disciplines of sculpture,
photography, video and drawing to increasingly blend the worlds of the artificial and the natural. she sparks a dialogue with both our desire to
humanise technology and perfect or homogenise the human body, expressing the challenges of our ability to accept those who don’t
meet our concept of the ideal.

 

piccinini’s interests encompass both medical science and bio technology and how the subject can be used to explore the trepidations of modern society,
such as beauty, aging and disease. much like an artist might look to religion or myths as a catalyst for their work,
piccinini uses biology as a narrative to understand and express the issues of our contemporary world.

 

piccinini’s expertise lies in the building of characters, each with strong visual personalities – with one of her latest pieces ‘the carrier’ testament to this skill.
the work is almost alien, an animal/human hybrid that is confronting and lifelike that manages to concurrently intrigue and shock the viewer.
her creatures challenges the shifts within contemporary technology and culture, speculating on the impressive responsibilities of a future in
the hands of mankind.

 

 


piccinini’s interests encompass both medical science and bio technology and how the subject can be used to explore the trepidations of modern society

 

 


piccinini’s expertise lies in the building of characters, each with strong visual personalities

 

 


the work is almost alien, an animal/human hybrid that is confronting and lifelike that manages to concurrently intrigue and shock the viewer

 

 

 
the artist sparks a dialogue with both our desire to humanise technology and perfect or homogenise the human body

 

 

 

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