Breastfeeding a Human
I’ve enjoyed Patricia Piccinini’s work since I saw Still Life with Stem Cells at Monash University in 2002. There is a poster from last year’s Unforced Intimacies exhibition in Abigail’s room. Now here is another reason to admire Piccinini:
A $250,000 sculpture of a life-sized ape-human hybrid breastfeeding an infant has been unveiled by the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Artist Patricia Piccinini said difficulties feeding her first-born child inspired the controversial work.
The Sierra Leone-born, Melbourne-based artist decided to give up in her failed attempts to breastfeed when her sister suggested she practise with her own six-month-old son.
“I thought, ‘I can’t do that. I’m not just an animal, and I am not a lactating animal for some other baby,’” she said. “But then this six-month-old taught me how to breastfeed, and how to breastfeed my own child.”