Patricia Piccinini’s otherworldly art will make your heart skip a beat at Hobart’s Dark Mofo festival

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Tuesday 12 May 2015

There’s a new art exhibition coming to Hobart and it’s beyond your wildest dreams. Picture gritty and grotesque sculptures of vulva-shaped orchids, ‘rubbish gods’ and mysterious fungi. Yep, if you didn’t guess by now, the artists coming to Hobart’s annual Dark Mofo fest are Patricia Piccinini and Peter Hennessey, two of Australia’s best (and most surreal) artists. 

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Victoria F. Gaitán’s baroque flesh and blood still lifes

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By Jonathan Monaghan in New Photography on Thursday 10 November 2011

My friend Victoria F. Gaitán decorates her portrait subjects with meat or blood or candy to create intimidating baroque flesh and blood still lifes. Maybe one day she will ask me to get covered in horse heads and ice cream. Look for her work up with Patricia Piccinini at Conner Contemporary in Washington DC through December.

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Patricia Piccinini

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Monday 3 January 2011

I’ve been obsessed with Patricia Piccinini for years now, and she still consistently creeps me out and wows me. I love the ways her grotesquely realistic sculptures push the boundaries between revulsion and love.

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Sam Jinks hyper-realistic sculptures

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Thursday 3 September 2009

I’m not at all getting sick of people making hyper-realistic sculptures of deformed people and weird creatures out of silicon and real hair. Sam Jinks, like Ron Mueck and Patricia Piccinini, uses his ability to render convincing skin and flesh to creep the hell out of viewers — the skewed proportions, whited out eyes, noseless and mouthless faces, and mysterious tattoos of Jinks’ pieces are terrifying, yet they also venerate the temporal nature of our bodies.

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