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The Welcome Guest

by Patricia Piccinini (2011)
 

The title for this work comes from a quote by Goethe; "Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest." For me it is a work that reflects on the beauty and strangeness of nature. In making my work, I often look at images of creatures from the real world, and I am struck by just how bizarre and extraordinary they are. Take the peacock for example. Who would have thought that beauty would be so important that evolution would arrive at a creature as ridiculous as the peacock. The peacock's beauty does not provide any protection, nor any extra efficiency or ability to find food. I think I find this choice of beauty over efficiency beautiful in itself. It is so at odds with our own ideas about how we would 'engineer' creatures, which would place utility above everything else. Why would we choose to create new life? Surely only to do something for us, never for its own sake, never just to be wonderful. However, it seems to be a good enough reason for nature and so perhaps it is as good a reason for any. If it isn't a good reason, then what is?

 

 

 

Interview with The Condition Report by Patricia Piccinini and The Condition report

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Patricia Piccinini interviewed by Jane Messenger by Jane Messenger

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The Naturally Artificial World by Laura Fernandez Orgaz and Patricia Piccinini

Border Patrol by Stella Brennan

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Patricia Piccinini's Offspring by Peter Hennessey

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Autoerotic by Amanda Rowell

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Biopshere by Edward Colless

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Patricia Piccinini - Early Installations by Peter Hennessey

The NESS Project and the Birth of Truck Babies by Hiroo Yamagata

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The Rookie by Patricia Piccinini

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Eulogy by Patricia Piccinini

The Lovers by Patricia Piccinini

The Welcome Guest by Patricia Piccinini

The Observer by Patricia Piccinini

Aloft by Patricia Piccinini

Balasana by Patricia Piccinini

The Gathering by Patricia Piccinini

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The Foundling by Patricia Piccinini

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Big Mother by Patricia Piccinini

Bodyguard by Patricia Piccinini

Sandman by Patricia Piccinini

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The Young Family by Patricia Piccinini

Still Life With Stem Cells by Patricia Piccinini

Swell by Patricia Piccinini

The Breathing Room by Patricia Piccinini

Truck Babies by Patricia Piccinini