Collection Online

(1996); printed (1998)
from the Psycho series 1996, in The mutant genome project 1994-

type C photograph
120.6 × 258.4 cm (image) 126.9 × 278.8 cm (sheet)
ed. 1/6
inscribed in fibre-tipped pen (diagonally) on reverse l.l.: Patricia / Piccinini (underlined)
Accession Number
Australian Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Optus Communications Pty Limited, Member, 1998
� Courtesy of the artist
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Professor AGL Shaw AO Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Patricia Piccinini is well-known for investigating relationships between nature, science and technology. In this work she explores the genetic engineering debate raging during the 1990s as a result of advances made in that field. Her earlier Love Me Love My Lump series, 1995, reflected the new prospect of perfect offspring, or ‘designer babies’. This work develops on that theme, exploring the relationship between reality and fantasy, by featuring Australian actress Sophie Lee cradling a LUMP™ (Lifeform with Unevolved Mutant Properties). Rather than condemn technological advances, Piccinini evokes feelings of ambiguity, adoration and curiosity about a future in which human bodies are malleable.