"The Young Family"
Patricia Piccinini was born in 1965 in Freetown, Sierra Leone.She is an Australian artist known for work that blurs the line between real and artificial; human and animal.
The image above is a human-dog hybrid suckling her young. It has become a viral Internet hit for Patricia Piccinini. The image is actually a picture of her sculpture from a show in 2003.
Created for her 2003 show for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the human-dog hybrid is actually what Piccinini calls a "transgenic creature," "The Young Family" is the title of this work and Piccini said in a lecture that she was inspired by the prospect of growing human organs in other species.
Piccini said, "I wanted to address the reality of the creatures themselves in a very compassionate way, and show a very beautiful image of motherhood," she said. "As you can see, she is really caring towards her children and worried about them. The question I raise, that I am interested in, relates to the distinction between human and animal characteristics, not so much her humanity, but the 'animalness' in us."
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