Australian-based Patricia Piccinini’s multi-disciplinary work references bio-scientific practices such as stem cell research, genetic engineering, cloning, and bio-electrics. Piccinini’s deep-rooted interest in these topics is coupled with a fascination with the abnormal and strange found in nature. Empathy is at the heart of Piccinini’s practice; her sculptures balance what is corporeal and sentimental while raising ethical questions about scientific practices as well as fostering.
Selected to represent Australia at the 2003 Venice Biennale, Piccinini created We are Family, a project that transformed the Australian Pavilion into a home of the future. Expressing her fascination with the relationship between what is considered natural and what is considered artificial, We are Family was critically acclaimed and ARTnews America singled her out as ‘an artist to watch.’ She has also participated in the Berlin, Gwang’ju, Liverpool and Sydney Biennales. In 2007, the Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, presented a major retrospective on Patricia Piccinni’s sculpture, drawing, photography, and video-installations created from 1992-2007.
Piccinini has exhibited extensively internationally including exhibitions at the Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY; San Jose Art Museum, San Jose, CA; the Centro de Artes Visuales, Lima; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.