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Beauty in the grotesque, magic in the unsettling, allure in the bizarre. If you're ready to unsettle your soul, go forth into the universe of renowned modern artist Patricia Piccinini, where human-animal hybrids, cloned creatures and cyborgs exist alongside humans.
Presented in collaboration with the Institute for Culture Exchange, Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected marks the Australian artist’s first major solo showcase in Southeast Asia, bringing together more than 40 significant artworks to the ArtScience Museum.
Over the last 30 years, Piccinini has explored the evolving relationships between humans and nature as biotechnological advancements such as genetic engineering progress. She represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2003, and held notable solo shows in Europe, the United States, South America, Australia and Asia. We get a first look at some of the 40 works that will be showcased in Singapore.
Piccinini is 57, yet has the demeanour of someone half her age, shy, and speaks with a soft, dreamy, girlish tone. Don't be fooled though; this Melbourne-based artist's passion for her work and the messages they carry are strong, even if the imageries rub people the wrong way.
"In these works, it's hard to see where the human-ness ends, and when the animal-ness starts...there is just continuous evolution."
She explained that her works are not meant to shock or alarm. For viewers, the answers to her artwork are never straightforward. If anything, there's an urge for viewers to find beauty in all the forms of humanity one can find in her art.
"How we relate to difference is a pivotal theme in my work."
Side note, do you know that there's also an Attack on Titan exhibition going on right now at the ArtScience Museum? Check the video out and get tickets here!