Patricia Piccinini’s controversial hyper-realist sculptures received critical acclaim in 2003 when she represented Australia at the Venice Biennale.
Hyper-realist sculptures force the viewer to respond to the artwork as they would to the presence of the real thing.
Most of Piccini’s works are based on bioscientfic practices of the manipulation of living beings. Stem cell research, genetic engineering, cloning, bioelectronics, and technologically-mediated ecological restoration and kin formation are dominant themes in her work.
Pretty freaky stuff, but it forces us to think about what it means to be human--or animal?