Big Mother - Patricia Piccinini

Gallery 11 | Admission: Free

Meet our newest acquisition, Big Mother, a monumental sculpture of a genetically-engineered primate breastfeeding a human baby, by leading contemporary Australian artist Patricia Piccinini, now on display.

Art Exhibition previously on at Art Gallery of South Australia in Australia.
From Monday 01 February 2010 to Thursday 01 January 2015

Published by Art Gallery of South Australia on Tuesday 16 March 2010.
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The extraordinary Big Mother, measures 1.75m and is made from silicone, fibreglass, leather and human hair. Piccinini was inspired to create the work after reading a story about a female baboon whose baby died while still nursing. The primate mother, overwhelmed by grief, abducted a human child as a substitute (the child was later recovered unharmed).

Big Mother is the most significant addition to the Gallery’s contemporary Australian art collection in recent times. The purchase has been made possible with funds donated through the Gallery’s Contemporary Collectors group of benefactors.