Fairy-tale creatures and cyborgs
With her almost life-like, yet alienating sculptures, Piccinini explores whether it is possible for human beings, nature, and technology to co-exist in harmony. Her fairytale creatures pluck at our heart strings, evoking empathy for ‘otherness’. With her art, Piccinini imagines a possible shared future and asks questions like: What does it mean to be human? With her cyborgs as well as her other creatures she blurs the lines between organic and technological bodies.
Piccinini’s work forges new, fascinating connections between various lifeforms. The large installation The Field invites you to roam through a field with thousands of ‘flowers’ resembling both prehistoric Venus figurines and genetically modified plants, the sculpture Prone represents a baby with the ears and nose of a bat, and in Kindred an orang-utang mother is holding on to her two children. Or are they human after all? It is impossible to remain unaffected by Piccinini’s sculptures.