Welcome to Patricia Piccinini’s alternative world where nature and technology, humans and animals, fact and fiction seamlessly blend in an exploration of modern sciences, social impacts and ethical limits; agency, responsibility and acceptance. By drawing on our past and present relationships, Piccinini constructs scenarios that focus on the grey areas of life and humanity – areas which are often complex and confronting, such as fertility – particularly as we move into the future. Her strange yet captivatingly life-like sculptures of hybrid creatures and transgenic humans engage us on an emotional level – they elicit empathy and challenge conventional notions of beauty, perfection and ideal forms.
In all, ‘Curious Affection’ is an imagined reality comprising more than 70 sculptures, photographs, videos, drawings and several large-scale installations, including major new commissions infused with fabulation, interconnection and wonderment, ready to be explored and met with the returned gaze of its occupants.
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
24 March to 5 August 2018
25 September to 29 November 2020
Northsite Contemporary Arts, Cairns
5 December 2020 to 30 January 2021