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Patricia Piccinini is bringing a field of 3,000 'genetically-modified' flowers to Sydney

Patricia Piccinini Carriageworks Sydney Contemporary 2018 photo supplied from QAGOMA
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA 'Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection’ at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art, 2018, featuring 'The Field' 2018 and 'The Bond' 2016.

Patricia Piccinini might be best known for her confronting, surreal and strangely beautiful hyper-real sculptures, melding human and animal forms, but she's recently turned her attention to the world of flora. Earlier this year she premiered 'The Field', an installation made up of 3,000 genetically-modified flowers, at QAGOMA in Brisbane.

Now Sydney Contemporary Art Fair has commissioned Piccinini to create a re-imagined version of 'The Field' for local audiences. It will be the first time the work has been seen outside of Brisbane, and allows visitors to walk through a field encountering her creations.

Photograph: Mark Chew

It was the centrepiece of her QAGOMA exhibition, Curious Affection, and featured several of her sculptures scattered around the space. There's no word yet on which sculptures will appear in the Sydney iteration.

The installation will be presented at Carriageworks as part of the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, which runs from September 13 to 16. This year's 70 participating galleries come from six different continents. 

Can't wait until September? See our hit-lists of the best art exhibitions and best theatre in Sydney this month.

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