ESSAYS


ARTIST'S STATEMENTS

 

 

 

 

The Leather Landscape

by Patricia Piccinini (2003)
 

In my work I try to present modern day allegories – legends or parables – that reflect on contemporary culture. Just as with classic parables, they start to live a life of their own. I try not to make didactic work; work that tries to tell people what they should think. Instead, I am trying to provide my audience with material to think about, and hopefully discuss with others, and to give them another way to look at developments in our society.

I don't really mind what conclusions people come to, so long as they are considered. However, there is one example of a work of mine that was really taken out of its context in a way I do not like. An image from my work The Leather Landscape was circulated around almost the entire muslim world. It was used to illustrate a hoax story about a girl from Yemen who was listening to pop music. The story goes that her mother gave her a Qur’an, saying she should spend her time reading that. When the girl refused and threw the Qur’an on the ground, she was turned into the creature in the picture by a furious Allah. The story claimed that the image was a photo of this girl. I really was offended by this, since it completely turned around my message. In the original work, I wanted to show a mutual affection between the creature and the child. In the islamist hoax that was made of it, the creature was presented as something to be despised. The loving relationship, the essence of the work, was completely gone.

 

 

 

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

Just Because Something Is Bad, Doesn't Mean It Isn't Good by Basak Doga Temur

Patricia Piccinini interviewed by Jane Messenger by Jane Messenger

Speculative Fabulations for Technoculture's Generations by Donna Haraway

The Naturally Artificial World by Laura Fernandez Orgaz and Patricia Piccinini

Border Patrol by Stella Brennan

We Are Family: Patricia Piccinini at the 50th Biennale of Venice by Linda Michael

Patricia Piccinini's Offspring by Peter Hennessey

Fast forward: accelerated evolution by Rachel Kent

One Night Love by Nikos Papastergiadis

Autoerotic by Amanda Rowell

One Night Love by Linda Michael

Atmosphere by Juliana Engberg

Biopshere by Edward Colless

Patricia Piccinini: Ethical Aesthetics by Jacqueline Millner

Patricia Piccinini - Early Installations by Peter Hennessey

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

Some thoughts about Embryo by Patricia Piccinini

The Rookie by Patricia Piccinini

The Shadows Calling by Patricia Piccinini

Meditations on the continuum of vitality by Patricia Piccinini

Six observations about The Skywhale by Patricia Piccinini

Those Who Dream by Night by Patricia Piccinini

The Fitzroy Series by Patricia Piccinini

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

Perhaps the World is Fine Tonight by Patricia Piccinini

Bottom Feeder by Patricia Piccinini

Not Quite Animal by Patricia Piccinini

The Long Awaited by Patricia Piccinini

The Foundling by Patricia Piccinini

In Another Life by Patricia Piccinini

Big Mother by Patricia Piccinini

Bodyguard by Patricia Piccinini

Sandman by Patricia Piccinini

The Leather Landscape by Patricia Piccinini

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