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

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. 

Patricia Piccinini is the artist you want to be. Her imagination takes her through the depths of the unnatural and produces some of the weirdest, coolest sculpture pieces and fine art you’ve ever seen. Like her mythical creatures full of teeth and hair, or her enormous sky whale balloon that took the world by storm.

To say Patricia Piccinini is just an artist does her – and all her incredible work – a disservice. She’s a creator of new worlds and yet at the same time she is fascinated by them just as much as we are.

In this year’s Dark Mofo project The Shadows Calling, Piccinini teams up with partner Peter Hennessey to explore an alien world of art forms. And during your Dark Mofo experience of Piccinini and Hennessey’s work, expect to have an opera singer belting out a performance or two to get you in the mood for this otherworldly exhibition.

Hennessey told Sydney Morning Herald’s Andrew Stephens that the exhibition will encourage visitors to explore: ‘It is a mysterious, subterranean decaying space. What happened here? What lifeform has sprung from these conditions? There are plants and animals and things in between’.

The Shadows Calling is free to the public and will open June 12th and run until August 2nd at the Old Mercury Building on Macquarie Street. [See more photos from the exhibition below this post]

Other not-to-be-missed programs at Dark Mofo include:

The Wild at Heart Unconscious Collective with Ash Keating and Bompass & Parr

Wild at Heart

This Dark Mofo adventure takes you into the heart of Tassie’s wilderness for a two-night sleepover in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. You’ll be treated with contemporary art, curated in-room experiences and a decadent banquet designed by UK culinary artists.

Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes

Curated by Scott Carlin and Lana Nelson, Ashes to Ashes explores the images and rare artefacts associated with Georgian and Victorian death rituals. Never-before-seen mourning costumes and jewellery, plus grave monuments and mementoes are all on display at this very intense and confronting exhibition.

Dark Mofo Films

Dark Mofo films

Check our the world premiere of The Kettering Incident and the northern European odyssey of A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness at this very dark and dismal film program. The program promises to ‘take you into the dark, dark abyss of our souls, choc-top in hand’.

Patricia Piccinini art
Patricia Piccinini art
Patricia Piccinini
Patricia Piccinini
Patricia Piccinini

About the author

Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.

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