Mary Shelley and Patricia Piccinini’s kinship with the monstrous


We consider the legacy of Mary Shelley’s masterwork and the ‘monster’ in literature, art, and popular culture, as we reveal how art and literature help us to explore our fascination with scientific intervention and nature. How real are these imaginary beings and worlds, and why are these creations brought into existence – either through Shelley’s Frankenstein or Patricia Piccinini’s creatures?

Piccinini’s creations are nurtured, they are given a home, a context, and a landscape which they can belong. Her creatures are often represented as vulnerable, caring, loving, and invite interaction and connection. Her work draws out a loving gaze from the viewer – a curious affection.

Listen to Professor Moira Gatens, Challis Professor of Philosophy, University of Sydney and a panel of speakers as they delve into the world of Shelly and Piccinini.

Mary Shelley’s legacy: Frankenstein, creation, and Patricia Piccinini

Mary Shelley and Patricia Piccinini’s kinship with the monstrous

Produced in partnership with the exhibition ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection‘, the UQ Centre for the History of Emotions, and as part of the Frankenstein Bicentenary celebrations.

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Feature image detail: Production still from Frankenstein 1931 / Director: James Whale / Image courtesy: Universal Pictures