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Australian artist Patricia Piccinini's first American survey is in Seattle, at the Frye Art Museum, organized by Robin Held. It is aptly titled Hug, in an intimation of the warmth that emanates from her otherwise discomfiting work.

There are videos, photographs, and sculptures, all proposing new forms of life—baby motorcycles that will grow up to be regular-sized bikes, faceless furry blobs wiggling around on a living-room floor, toothsome creatures designed by Piccinini as bodyguards for endangered species, a patch of bubbling, hairy, transforming skin. Her creations are wild, slightly beyond control or understanding. So are we, she suggests.

This one's called Embrace. It's life-sized.


Here's a drawing titled Leo.