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Patricia Piccinini, Teenage Metamorphosis, 2016, silicone,
fiberglass, human hair, found objects, 9 7/8 × 53 7/8 × 29 1/2".

Patricia Piccinini

TOLARNO GALLERIES

Patricia Piccinini, Teenage Metamorphosis, 2016, silicone,
fiberglass, human hair, found objects, 9 7/8 × 53 7/8 × 29 1/2".

Two decades ago, model making commanded considerable attention in the art world. Patricia Piccinini, along with Ron Mueck, Ricky Swallow, Sam Durant, and many others, went further than just making to-scale, postmodern simulacra of consumer objects and cardboard boxes. Each of them constructed labor-intensive, trompe l’oeil models of scenes or characters from imaginary worlds in place of the archiving and documenting that in other artists’ hands became the more familiar hallmark of contemporary art. Their painfully perfect works, marked by a spectacular degree of skill and effort, teetered on the edge of uncanny sentimentality.

Still today, Piccinini’s art is distinguished by her production of monstrous folds of alien flesh and soft carapaces, embodying imaginary evolutionary leaps and bizarre mutations in fiberglass and silicone. Her recent exhibition “No fear unmingled with hope”

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