The young family
The young family
Patricia Piccinini’s is one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists whose startling sculptures examine the connections between science and nature, art and the environment. Audiences are drawn to Piccinini’s sculptures because they appear so real, yet they are creatures of the artist’s imagination developed to consider a strange new world of artificial or mutant beings derived from experimental biotechnology.
When first seeing Patricia Piccinini's work ‘ The Young Family’ it raised the questions of where humans end and another species begins, attendant questions of why we feel comfortable denying the humanity of other species. It created using a combination of materials such as silicone, fiberglass and human hair; Piccinini’s sculptures are familiar yet fantastical in their depiction of possible future species and their interaction with human beings. Often confronting yet endearingly vulnerable, her sculptures give form to her fascination with the relationship between the ‘natural’ and the ‘artificial’ while asserting the power of social relationships, love and communication. Piccinini’s work is fundamentally about the human condition, despite the quasi-human appearance of her sculptures. The artist sees them as ‘beautiful rather than grotesque, miraculous rather than freakish’. There are a lot of children in the artwork. Patricia Piccinini says; “I have children now, and have renewed respect for Dr. Seuss,” “There are children in my work because they have no prejudice and they bring out the best in us. Why would you change nature/have artificial nature – I make these creatures because I want people to engage with them, empathize with them, pick them up. “Indeed her creatures appear monstrous but cuddlesome. “I don’t want to shock people because that stops them from thinking. “Patricia Piccinini says about her art work; “I love them, but I don’t want my work to be...