The Most Controversial Art Sculptures by Patricia Piccinini

Patricia Piccinini is one of the most well known Australian contemporary artists. Piccinini graduated the college of Fine Arts in painting Economic History, having a wide range of interests, from sociology to technology and computer graphics. She works in a variety of media, such as: painting, sculpture, video, sound and digital prints. As a sign of appreciation towards her art, we’ve put her most significant and controversial works of art together, which can be an inspiration and motivation to all artists, an encouragement to unleash creativity beyond the boundaries of “disturbing” and “ethical issues”.

Bottom Feeder

Bottom Feeder

The Long Awaited

The Long Awaited

The Long Awaited (Detail)

The Long Awaited (Detail)

Doubting Thomas

Doubting Thomas

Related Individuals, 2008

Related Individuals, 2008

Foundling

Foundling

Undivided, 2004

Undivided, 2004

Undivided (back), 2004

Undivided (back), 2004

The Offering, 2009

The Offering, 2009

Perhaps the World is Fine Tonight

Perhaps the World is Fine Tonight

Detail1, 2004

Detail1, 2004

Detail2, 2004

Detail2, 2004

Detail3, 2005

Detail3, 2005

Nature’s Little Helpers – Bodyguard

Natures Little Helpers - Bodyguard

Nature’s Little Helpers – Offspring

Nature’s Little Helpers - Offspring

Part I: Laboratory Procedures

Part I: Laboratory Procedures

Still Life With Stem Cells, 2002

Still Life With Stem Cells, 2002

Still Life With Stem Cells, Close-up

Still Life With Stem Cells, Close-up

Leather Landscape1, 2003

Leather Landscape1, 2003

Leather Landscape2, 2003

Leather Landscape2, 2003

The Young Family 1, 2002

The Young Family 1, 2002

The Young Family 2, 2003

The Young Family 2, 2003

The Young Family 3, 2004

The Young Family 3, 2004

The Young Family 4, 2005

The Young Family 4, 2005

The Young Family 5, 2006

The Young Family 5, 2006

Red Portrait, 1997

Red Portrait, 1997

Game Boys Advanced, 2002

Game Boys Advanced, 2002

Foundling Close-up

Foundling Close-up

Plasmid Region

Plasmid Region

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44 Responses:

  1. Ann says:

    i am confused..Are these sculptures or for real..so surreal..she can be true real inspiration..imagination can never be fenced or restricted..simply marvellous

    ( 2 years and 885 days ago )
  2. Ann says:

    Am kinda awestruck..

    ( 2 years and 885 days ago )
  3. erikuri says:

    Is it 3D, Photoshop, anything like that? Whatever, it’s perfect, almost real, almost alive!

    ( 2 years and 885 days ago )
  4. elinoree says:

    I love her stuff. It’s so ugly and weird and flawless. It really makes you question the distinctions of beauty. Saw her stuff in a show for Modern women artists and you really have to see it in person to believe it. They look like bizarre museum dioramas. Totally real “Dark Crystal” looking. Thanks for posting this, I hadn’t seen her new stuff!

    ( 2 years and 885 days ago )
  5. justme says:

    kinda freaky…

    ( 2 years and 885 days ago )
  6. porkunit says:

    LOVE THEM!!! Great work

    ( 2 years and 885 days ago )
  7. Steve says:

    There sculptures. I have seen them in galleries; particularly MASSMoca in Massachusetts USA.

    ( 2 years and 885 days ago )
  8. Kasy Allen says:

    What an imaginiation, these are absolutely intriguing… I think. I feel like I shouldn’t be staring at them, like they’re earth’s oddities, but I can’t stop looking! Thanks for sharing.

    ( 2 years and 885 days ago )
  9. Jo WOods says:

    Wow, that is truly incredible. Amazing stuff.

    Lou
    http://www.anon-browsing.eu.tc

    ( 2 years and 885 days ago )
  10. Anonymous says:

    she uses a guy who was a car detailer and body repairer.
    Conceptually the work is hers, but in reality the craft is someone else’s
    They are actual physical sculptures. Not photoshop and not 3D. Think 80s Movie SFX.
    This work is however fantastic, and is wonderful for her imagination to be realised so vividly

    ( 2 years and 885 days ago )
  11. Dan says:

    To those who are asking about these sculptures (are they real? Photoshopped? CGI?)….
    They are sculptures in the traditional sense. I’m not sure what medium she is is using here – most likely a wax based or silicone based substance. Regardless, they are actual life-size sculptures placed in a gallery. There are many other artists that use this same method to create ultra-realiztic forms. Sam Jinks is in of the more well-known in this field. You can see his work here:
    http://www.thisblogrules.com/2009/11/hyper-realistic-human-sculptures-that.html

    ( 2 years and 885 days ago )
  12. ziggyx2003 says:

    I think they are absolutely amazing, the amount of detail and more to the point the amount of “life” infused into these characters is amazing.

    ( 2 years and 884 days ago )
  13. kieara nichols says:

    you are crazy to have this photos of ugly things so please stop if you dont mind would you

    ( 2 years and 884 days ago )
  14. sondy dotykowe says:

    Scary!

    ( 2 years and 884 days ago )
  15. WP Designer says:

    Amazing, Creative, Inspirational… and also so creapy :)
    Love them but I think I’m going to have some crazy nightmares tonight :)

    ( 2 years and 883 days ago )
  16. markipoos says:

    Great work, but whose? The Artist obviously can’t sculpt herself so 99 percent of the impact of the work is due to the uncredited “craftsmen” who did the work. By current logic, then the pope who came up with the “concept” for the Sistine chapel is actually the real artist, then? The new generation of “conceptual artists” are simply parasites.

    ( 2 years and 882 days ago )
  17. lady_Geth says:

    wow very very cool indeed a+++

    ( 2 years and 878 days ago )
  18. youno says:

    F%^$&n sick sh1t

    ( 2 years and 876 days ago )
  19. SHIZNIT says:

    WTF IS THAT ALL ABOUT? I’M VERY CONFUSED….

    ( 2 years and 867 days ago )
  20. Sonnet says:

    I keep trying to imagine an appropriate habitat for some of these creatures, or how their morphology could have developed, which on the one hand is a tribute to the level of realism displayed, and on the other hand is incredibly frustrating because biologically they don’t make sense… :D

    ( 2 years and 867 days ago )
  21. sado says:

    haha these are so crap. but their sooo good!!!!! :)

    ( 2 years and 855 days ago )
  22. umm.. says:

    At first I thought it was scary and grotesque,
    but now I’m thinking, it could be inspiring to someone.
    I don’t know what she is trying to express, but I don’t think we have the right to put down her works.. critisism is fine, but no assaults..
    Thanx for the post.

    ( 2 years and 854 days ago )
  23. nora says:

    Patricia Piccinini has received worldwide attention for her starting sculptures.

    ( 2 years and 842 days ago )
  24. etienne says:

    Art is art, we are not to judge other peoples creation, this is made to create a reaction from the viewer. I don’t think its meant to say something, anyway every piece of art is seen differently form everyone. From my point of view i dont think its gross but it is kind of weird. I have to agree with Markipoos though anyone can imagine anything but the true artist is really the craftman and I think his name should at least appear along wiht hers, if this is teamwork then its not only her creation. But hey, who am I to judge.

    ( 2 years and 741 days ago )
  25. Normal Person says:

    WHAT THE F*CK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE

    ( 2 years and 704 days ago )
  26. justme says:

    these are amazing!

    ( 2 years and 677 days ago )
  27. tank says:

    what you aren’t seeing here is the 10 or so special effects artists that are sculpting, molding making, casting, painting, and finishing “her” work. this woman does little more than supervise her projects. so vision aside, her work doesn’t impress me in the slightest seeing that she isnt actually the one doing it.

    ( 2 years and 655 days ago )
  28. gracie says:

    i absolutely love these works and the artist for doing exactly what art is about. its about being creative and courageous. these works are extremely unsettling but aren’t upsetting. they made me cringe at first, but the expressions in some of the “creatures” faces are peaceful and serene (for the most part)

    ( 2 years and 600 days ago )
  29. Marly says:

    That lady is demented. Those are fucken sick sculptures

    ( 2 years and 583 days ago )
  30. ashleigh says:

    i think these pieces are fantastic! they are so beautiful in so mant different ways! i especially like The Long Awaited, its as though the childs imagination has been brought to life! absolute genious!
    for the comments of how she isnt a real artist as she hasnt created the project personally, most artists dont now a days, for example, damien hurst, anthony gormley, right back to DuChamps fountain. art is more the concept and idea rather than personal skill. what is the skill if you have no fresh ideas to bring to the table?

    ( 2 years and 568 days ago )
  31. Vicinter says:

    Piccinini’s work is huge. Like most artist of this type of art she uses studio assistants and gives them full credit for helping her bring her concepts life. She raises the ideas related to cloning, stem cell research and the Frankenstein syndrome. She is also very concerned about extinct animal species (Hairy nosed wombat shown here) and human experimentation with animal organ transplant. Biotechnical research and a changing enviroment are also her passion. She is concerned about the world we are leaving our children…..Her exhibition is fabulous and VERY topical. Worth a visit if you have the time.

    ( 2 years and 460 days ago )
  32. butlerbarney says:

    Tank: you don’t know that to be the true case… Ms. P. may put the final touch on everything you see here. We do not know. As for my feeling. I believe unguided , misdirected pathetically sad Artwork runs amuck here. I feel sad for this artist . She is a lost soul. If this is ones true deep inspiration, my heart goes out to you. There is no love in this art. Only repulsion, deep , with so much beauty in the world… why this? I truly wish I had never seen it. Any of it. Such a shame for there is real talent to be developed here…

    ( 2 years and 456 days ago )
  33. m says:

    scary

    ( 2 years and 452 days ago )
  34. pywacket says:

    These are shocking, freaky, and amazing, and the freakiest thing is that they all could happen. . She is doing just what artists are supposed to do.

    ( 2 years and 428 days ago )
  35. kevin says:

    Agreed she and her Staff have obviously shocked the world but again it is art
    and art is expressive if you are shocked by it then don’t look, that easy.

    ( 2 years and 390 days ago )
  36. nancy says:

    i love her work! and forget everybody that bashes on it!

    ( 2 years and 374 days ago )
  37. Stephanie says:

    This was pretty weird & scary but unique & inspiring at the same time!

    ( 2 years and 372 days ago )
  38. kane says:

    there’s only one idea that all her art is based on and that is that creating new organisms through transgenics can be an art form. she has failed to develop this idea any more and it wasn’t her original idea to begin with. Others had came up with it. she just pounced on it i believe, like all those other amateur and professional artists who are now working with the exact same idea. she is no different to them but the masses are unaware of this. every mediocre artist is now a mediocre biologist

    ( 2 years and 357 days ago )
  39. Sky says:

    Truly inspiring it evokes peace and shows the connection betwen two creatures of two different realities. She is an amazing artist and a true visionary. Open your minds viewers, maybe you could see the beauty of it all.

    ( 1 year and 345 days ago )
  40. Jonas Thonell says:

    Oh my god! This collection was amazing, I would love to see more of this!

    ( 1 year and 343 days ago )
  41. Vytas Sakalas says:

    Patricia Piccinini has a wonderful imagination. In spite of her created “beings” being monstrous (to varying degrees), they also evoke empathy and compassion in me. If we can develop compassion for these gentle monsters, than feeling compassion toward our fellow human beings might become much easier. And learning to get past initial reactions such as revulsion or fear can be part of the healing process for humanity.

    ( 1 year and 274 days ago )
  42. Vytas Sakalas says:

    To the administrator(s) of this website: It may be better to reverse the current chronological order of the comments, placing the most recent comments first?

    ( 1 year and 274 days ago )
  43. kenjonbro says:

    this woman is sick in the head – as is anyone who likes this filth

    ( 1 year and 28 days ago )
  44. roar says:

    strange. It’s like the youth are introduced to a degenerative humanity. Yet show innocence and compassion. Very awful looking stuff. Certainly made its point.

    ( 264 days ago )

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