Patricia Piccinini was born in Sierra Leone and lives in Australia. Her work encompasses sculpture, photography, video and drawing. Her practice explores the intersection between nature and the artificial as it appears in contemporary culture and ideas. Her hybrid animals and vehicular creatures question what it means to be human and wonders at our relationships with--and responsibilities towards--that which we create.
Feminist Artist Statement
It seems strange, perhaps even anachronistic, to be asked to write a Feminist Statement, but I guess that is why it is important to do so. It was not so long ago that such statements were a vital part of the process that has allowed me to have the opportunities that I have to live the kind of life that I do. My mother, as a working class Irish woman growing up in Liverpool, did not have the options that I have. It is with the assumption of feminism – with a small f – that I am able to work as an artist, have a family and have a voice in my culture. ‘Feminist’ is not the first idea that I would choose to describe myself, however, if asked then the only answer would be ‘of course’ – I mean, what is the alternative? In many ways I don’t really know what ‘feminism’ means at this point. It seems both too obvious and also not specific enough. When I think about it, I realise how lucky I am that this is the case; that I live in a world where there are so many different feminisms and where my work can be implicitly feminist without being solely about ‘women’s issues’. --Patricia Piccinini, 2007
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