* Evaluate the use of different material and techniques in the development of an artist’s body of work. In your answer, you must refer to at least two examples of their work.
Patricia Piccinini is an Australian artist that uses a variety of different materials and techniques such as; sculpture, video, drawing, installation and digital prints, as well as the help from unnamed fabricators in the development of her body of work. The use of these different materials and techniques mainly reflect an undecided attitude towards technology and contemporary ideas of nature along with the natural and artificial factors of our changing society. Two artworks that show very different materials and techniques that both show similar ideas include 2008 sculpture, ‘Stags’ (196x295x167cm) and 2010 installation, ‘Aloft’ (1290x1510x7500).
Piccinini’s installation ‘Aloft’ is a large-scale work weighing 100 kg’s of a young boy peeping over the edge of a large protruding egg sack. The work is constructed from a wide range of materials including fiberglass, felted human hair and wool, steel cable, silicon, horse hair, clothing and electronic motors.
The use of these materials gives a very realistic and unsettling feel to the audience. The earthy and natural tones such as off whites and stringy shades of brown tie with the organic and not so clean cut lines of the installation. Texture and assumed feel of this artwork is brought to the audiences’ attention by use of fiberglass that gives the grub like eggs a slimy looking texture and the main feature of this work being the hairy egg sack, which has been fashioned from quarter of a tonne of matted human hair is a technique used to give a more realistic and natural effect. The use of human hair can also be seen in other works such as ‘newborn, ‘the young family’ and several other works.
CONTRAST OF TWO DIFFERENT SUBJECTS 1 BEING THE YOUNG BOY AND THE OTHER BEING HIS ENVIRONMENT. PICINII USED THE USE...