Patricia Piccinini is one of the most well known Australian contemporary artists, her art work having come to prominence down under in the late 1990s. Piccinini graduated the college of Fine Arts in painting and Economic History, while pursuing a wide range of interests, from sociology to technology and computer graphics. She works in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, video, sound and digital prints.
But it’s her lifelike collection of sculpted “monsters” that has the art world buzzing. Working with several fabricators to produce them, the fictional characters are placed alongside more traditional human sculptures in an arresting visual contrast. Yet, in most cases, the human and monster forms are positioned to exhibit an air of bonding, love, and companionship in general.
Film fans may notice visual references to E.T., The Never Ending Story, and Labyrinth, in the physical characteristics and features of the monsters, who have art lovers and tourists clamoring to see them in person. The exhibit is most certainly temporary, so catch them while you can…
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