Sunday, February 24, 2008

Fabled futures: The artwork of Patricia Piccinini



The artwork of Patricia Piccinini offers pause from the celebrations and cautions of a rapidly technologically advancing society. Her drawings, sculptures and video work, though they may at first seem strange, bring you to a place where divide between culture/technology:nature slips seamlessly away. Perhaps it is the apprehension you experience in a first encounter with her work that opens up that emotionally space where we can accept the normalisation of new, different and some established ways of being. Donna Haraway's recent essay on Piccinini's work rightly reminds us of the all too unconsidered voice of the feminine in the imagination of science fiction and future worlds. Reminiscent at times of the work of Ron Mueck, the ease at which Piccinini renders her neo-fables urge us to consider those tremendously shattering possibilities of how we as capricious beings are mediating this world about us. But don't take my word for it - have a look for yourself...

-Ian Russell (iArchitectures.com)

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