In preparation for ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection‘, it was necessary to make progress visits to Patricia’s studio in Melbourne to keep pace with her immense creative output. With so much to say about her work, and so many interesting people responsible for a giddying array of techniques, it was important that we record these visits to share.
I made the pilgrimage with Jeremy Virag, QAGOMA cinematographer, on three occasions to capture the work flow and listen to Patricia’s ideas evolve, with so much activity to document, filming days stretched into the night. Back in Brisbane we sorted through days of footage to construct this immensely watchable introduction to Patricia, her studio, and her new artworks.
‘Curious Affection’ is Patricia’s most ambitious exhibition to date, it includes a suite of immersive multisensory installations – including a large-scale inflatable sculpture – especially conceived for GOMA’s expansive spaces. Occupying the entire ground floor, the exhibition also includes a retrospective of her most recognisable works from the past 20 years.
Patricia is unquestionably one of Australia’s most imaginative, thoughtful, and exacting artists. This-behind-the-scenes look into the ideation, creation, and fabrication process that inform studio life provides a rare insight into the workings of her formidable team. At the same time it also introduces many of Patricia’s key themes and inspirations in her own words. This documentary has been paired with her exhibition walk-through highlighting four of her most recent works.
Whether you are prepping for your own visit to the exhibition, or have already seen ‘Curious Affection‘ and looking for more insights, these videos goes a long way to introducing Patricia’s enchanting and heartfelt vision.
The exhibition is supported by Principal Benefactor, the Neilson Foundation, and Major Partner, Tourism and Events Queensland.
Peter McKay is Curator, Contemporary Australian Art, QAGOMA
Feature image: Peter McKay (right) with Patricia Piccinini in her Melbourne studio