Nurturing Creativity Conference 2017
Ideas rather than methods are central to the way I work, although drawing plays a central generative role in everything I do. I work with whatever medium seems best suited to evoking the sorts of thoughts and emotions I am interested in playing with. I work across many media - sculpture, installation, photography, video, drawing - from intimate drawings to gigantic public sculptures such as The Skywhale. My work aims to shift the way that people look at the world around them, and question their assumptions about the relationships they have with the world.
About Patricia Piccinini
Patricia Piccinini was born in Sierra Leone in 1965 and lives in Melbourne. She has a Doctor of Visual and Performing Arts (Honora Causa) from The University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Economic History from the Australian National University. Piccinini is an Enterprise Professor at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Her work encompasses sculpture, photography, video and drawing and her practice examines the increasingly nebulous boundary between the artificial and the natural as it appears in contemporary culture and ideas. Her surreal drawings, hybrid animals and vehicular creatures question the way that contemporary technology and culture changes our understanding of what it means to be human and wonders at our relationships with – and responsibilities towards – that which we create. While ethics are central, her approach is ambiguous and questioning rather than moralistic and didactic.
In 2003 her exhibition We Are Family represented Australia at the 50th Venice Biennale before touring to the Hara Museum, Tokyo. Other solo museum exhibitions include ComCiência at CCBB Brazil, Relativity at the Galway International Art Festival, Hold Me Close To Your Heart at Arter Space For Art, Istanbul, Once Upon a Time at AGSA, as well as numerous solo and group shows and Biennials in Europe, UK, USA, South America, Asia and Australia. Notable group exhibitions include The Universe and Art at Mori Art Museum, Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum and Face Up at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. In 2013 she was commissioned by the Centenary of Canberra to create The Skywhale.