Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection

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.

Patricia Piccinini, Kindred (detail), 2017, silicone, fibreglass, hair, Ed. 1 of 3, 103 x 95 x 128cm. Courtesy the artist, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco

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.

Installation view ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection’ at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art, 2018, featuring The Field, 2018 and Kindred, 2018. Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
24 March to 5 August 2018

Artspace Mackay
25 September to 29 November 2020

Northsite Contemporary Arts, Cairns
5 December 2020 to 30 January 2021

Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville
6 February to 18 April 2021

Redcliffe Art Gallery
21 August to 31 October 2021

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
11 November to 27 February 2022