Patricia Piccinini, Kindred (detail) (2018). Exhibition view: Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love ..., TarraWarra Museum of Art (25 November 2018–11 March 2019). The Michael and Janet Buxton Collection, Melbourne. Courtesy the artist, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney. Photo: Rick Liston.
'Most people look at my pieces and find them repulsive," says Patricia Piccinini of her sculptures, "but all my work is about love.'
Piccinini has spent years working across many media, but it's her sculptures that have resonated the most – at once hyper-real and other-worldly, they throw up questions and provoke mixed emotions, with their hair and crevices and skin folds that may or may not be orifices.
But it's connection that underlies most of her work.