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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Patricia Piccinini

b. 1965, Australia

Patricia Piccinini is known for her confronting, unsettling sculptures and installations made from fibreglass and silicone and human hair. Her 2002 work The Young Family, deals with the issues surrounding using genetically modified pig organs as replacements for humans to alleviate shortages.  She wants her audience to wonder how her apparently grotesque, transgenic, hyperrealist creatures came to be, how they relate to real, current contexts, and if they can be considered ‘beautiful’ and are ‘good’ or ‘bad’. This allows for the creation of an indefinite number of narratives. Despite its shocking impact, Piccinini’s art has an air of familiarity about it, forcing the viewer to consider why they feel some deeper connection to these creatures. Her sculptures, installations, drawings, and video, require a certain degree of imaginative input from the viewer. They invite them to confront the increasingly significant role of biotechnology, consumerism and digital technologies in modern life, as well as the intricacies and complexities of social relationships.

In her piece The Stags (2009), Piccinini gives life to machines. This is perhaps her most consistently underlying theme: blurring the lines between the real and the fantastic; asking whether each viewer’s version of reality can be subjected to radical change.

Piccinini has exhibited across Australia, New Zealand, Peru, the United States, Europe and Brazil. Noteworthy exhibitions include her 2005 show, Patricia Piccinini: Relativity, at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, and a major retrospective Patricia Piccinini: Once Upon a Time at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide in 2011. She also represented Australia at the 2003 Venice Biennale and has recently made The Skywhale in 2013 to mark the centenary year of the city of Canberra. More recently, Graham was made in 2016, commissioned by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) to highlight the vulnerability of the human body in road accidents.

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Featured Artworks

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Heartwood by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork Patricia PiccininiHeartwood, 2018 Silicone, fibreglass, leather, automative paint, hair, wedge-tailed eagle, motorcycle boots
230 x 140 x 120 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Swell by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork Patricia PiccininiSwell, 2002 3 channel video installation
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Couple by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork Patricia PiccininiThe Couple, 2018 Silicone, fibreglass, hair, cotton
42 x 168 x 65 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Smell of Rain by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork Patricia PiccininiThe Smell of Rain, 2017 ABS plastic and automotive paint
150 x 200 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Cloudless Field by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork Patricia PiccininiCloudless Field, 2017 ABS plastic and automotive paint
150 x 200 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Jupiter by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork Patricia PiccininiJupiter, 2017 ABS plastic and automotive paint
150 x 200 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Rising to the Surface by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork Patricia PiccininiRising to the Surface, 2017 ABS plastic and automotive paint
150 x 200 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Dawn by Patricia Piccinini contemporary artwork Patricia PiccininiThe Dawn, 2017 ABS plastic and automotive paint
150 x 200 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Patricia Piccinini, The Struggle and the Dawn at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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28 August–30 September 2017 Patricia Piccinini The Struggle and the Dawn Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 2 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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28 July–12 August 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 2 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 1 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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6–22 July 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 1 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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Patricia Piccinini & Victoria Lynn Ocula Conversation
In collaboration with TarraWarra Museum of Art
Patricia Piccinini & Victoria Lynn

Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love ... at TarraWarra Museum of Art (24 November 2018–11 March 2019) is an exhibition that reveals shared explorations of love, intimacy, and relationships in the work of two of Australia's leading artists. This is the first exhibition to explore the conceptual links between the works of Patricia...

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Patricia Piccinini Ocula Conversation Patricia Piccinini Artist

On the occasion of Patricia Piccinini's multisensory and epic retrospective, Curious Affection at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA, 24 March–5 August 2018), this interview covers Piccinini's meticulous and collaborative studio practice, and the role of narrative in her work. Curated by Peter McKay, the exhibition occupies the ground floor and...

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Clinton Ng Ocula Conversation Clinton Ng Collector, Sydney

Sydney based collector, Clinton Ng, has built a substantial collection of leading contemporary art in just over ten years. His collection now includes works by over 150 artists, including Ahmed Alsoudani, Olafur Eliasson, Adrian Ghenie, Vik Muniz, Alex Prager, Simon Denny, William Kentridge, Adrián Villar Rojas, Shaun Gladwell, Thomas Hirschhorn...

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Clinton Ng Ocula Conversation Clinton Ng Collector, Sydney

Sydney based collector, Clinton Ng, has built a substantial collection of leading contemporary art in just over ten years. His collection now includes works by over 150 artists, including Ahmed Alsoudani, Olafur Eliasson, Adrian Ghenie, Vik Muniz, Alex Prager, Simon Denny, William Kentridge, Adrián Villar Rojas, Shaun Gladwell, Thomas Hirschhorn...

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In Related Press

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Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester: Through Love… Related Press Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester: Through Love… art guide Australia : 11 January 2019

In the 1980 historical drama, The Elephant Man, the titular character John Merrick is chased by a mob into a railway station toilet. Finding himself trapped by the baying crowd, Merrick screams, "I am not an animal! I am not an animal! I am a human being!" While the real Joseph (not John) Merrick who lived in Victorian London was a man...

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Intimate and Grotesque: Patricia Piccinini's Hyper-Real Sculptures of Imaginary Life Forms Related Press Intimate and Grotesque: Patricia Piccinini's Hyper-Real Sculptures of Imaginary Life Forms Broadsheet : 26 November 2018

It's six o'clock in the morning and I'm in a hot air balloon high above the Yarra Valley to get a glimpse of the Skywhale. She floats majestically in the morning sky, all 10 breasts hanging pendulously. It's very rare to see her in flight, and even now we can't get that close. At 34 metres tall she's pretty hard to miss. She's also unwieldy and far...

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Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester united by love Related Press Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester united by love Australian Financial Review : 23 November 2018

The word "love" covers a multitude of feelings that span everything from sexual desire to a connection with the environment. The works by two women artists at Victoria's TarraWarra Museum of Art show how much richer our visual vocabulary is when it comes to capturing the nuances of our emotions.

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What to see and expect from Sydney Contemporary 2018 Related Press What to see and expect from Sydney Contemporary 2018 Vogue : 28 August 2018

As Australia's leading art fair, Sydney Contemporary manages to make art critics into art lovers and the unanointed into worshippers, all within the space of three days.

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Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love … Related Video & Audio Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love … TarraWarra Museum of Art : 22 November 2018

Patricia Piccinini, one of Australia's most internationally recognised contemporary artists and Joy Hester (1920-60), the pivotal female artist of Melbourne's 'Heide circle' and one of Australia's most celebrated modernists, are presented together in the world first exhibition.Patricia Piccinini and Victoria Lynn, Director of the TarraWarra Museum...

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