A girl with the rare but naturally occurring genetic mutation that produces an abnormal growth of hair on her body holds a chimera composed of a cow’s udder with the lips, chin and toes of a human baby. The chimera comes from the artist’s imaginings, triggered by news stories of scientists attempting to genetically modify milk cows so they’ll tolerate the pain and stress they experience in industrial dairies.
Which element of the sculpture is more disturbing?
Piccinini frequently asks, how do we respond to aberration – with aversion or compassion? And with "The Comforter," she also asks us to imagine the life of the outcast.