Patricia Piccinini: The Awakening
Patricia Piccinini creates some of the most surprising, provocative and pertinent artworks of our time. Famous for her life-like, chimeric creatures, anthropomorphic sculptures made of fiberglass and extraordinarily elaborate auto body paint jobs, and sculptural hot air balloons, Piccinini raises questions about how we define “human” and how we resolve the complex bio-ethical issues of our rapidly changing world.
In September of this year (2021) Hosfelt Gallery will host Piccinini’s most recent sculptures in an immersive installation. In May, as a foretaste of that exhibition, Hosfelt is screening Piccinini’s new 9-minute digital animation, The Awakening — its premiere in the Americas.
The Awakening is about something both quintessentially common and inordinately miraculous — birth. It is mesmerizing, beautiful and frightening.
Based in Melbourne, Patricia Piccinini (b. 1965, Freetown, Sierra Leone) represented Australia in the 2003 Venice Biennale. Her sculpture, video, drawing and installations have been exhibited extensively internationally, including most recently in solo museum exhibitions in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, Brazil, and throughout Australia.
Patricia PiccininiEmbryo, 2016fiberglass, polyurethane, auto paint29 1/8 x 44 7/8 x 48 7/8 in
74 x 114 x 124.1 cm
Patricia PiccininiTrident, 2007fiberglass, auto paint, leather, steel15 3/4 x 43 1/4 x 19 3/4 in
40 x 109.9 x 50.2 cm
Patricia PiccininiThe Osculating Curve, 2016silicone, fiberglass, human hair21 1/4 x 28 3/8 x 11 3/4 in
54 x 72.1 x 29.8 cm
Patricia PiccininiThe Awakening, 2020videoduration: 9 minutes
Going Through the Motions: Speculations on Birth in Patricia Piccinini’s The Awakening
HG Magazine Issue no. 30Celebrating William T. Wiley; plus African Butterfly Research Institute, THE SMALL MATTER exhibition review, bug brownie recipe
HG Magazine Issue no. 29Isabella Kirkland: THE SMALL MATTER & Patricia Piccinini: The Awakening open; plus Rina Banerjee on 8-Bridges, Cornelius Völker, biscuit recipe
HG Magazine Issue no. 28Studio Visit with Birgit Jensen; plus Liliana Porter, Ben McLaughlin, Isabella Kirkland, Patricia Piccinini, Cornelius Völker