Artists often like to let their work speak for itself.
More people who view art like to draw their own conclusions.
For everyone else, you can use an app.
I think Piccinini’s work is gorgeous, you may not, but I think we can all agree it’s certainly interesting. Here’s a way to find out more.
A New York company called Art Intelligence has developed an app about Patricia Piccinini to help people understand her work, including the Skywhale.
The company’s founder, art historian and critic Bridget L. Goodbody, says that the app is not only a deep dive into Patricia’s work, but also an introduction to the science and pop culture that inspired it.
“To be honest, it’s the perfect thing for all those people who are puzzled about why Patricia did what she did with the Skywhale,” Dr Goodbody said.
“The app also situates her work within a timeline of genetic engineering, from the Dolly the Sheepto now. These sources she draws from are crucial for people to understand better, since the health of our bodies and our planet depends on us all being informed.”
The app, for iPad, is called Patricia Piccinini: Mother Love (The New Naturalism) and costs $US5.99 from the App Store. It is described as featuring ‘the internationally renowned Australian artist Patricia Piccinini whose sculpted human/animal hybrids, moon-eyed mutations, and transgenic creations are tender visions of art imitating life imitating science that already exists.’