Disarming is one word to describe The Carrier, a sculpture created by Australian artist Patricia Piccinni. The hyperrealist sculpture of an elderly woman being carried by a beast-like human (or is it a human-like beast?) is striking in its detailed portrayal of expression and anatomy. By creating skins of silicone, a material often used in film make-ups, Piccinni is able to bring the Carrier to life. Yet, craft is only part of the piece; the other portion is concept. Piccinni drives the audience into a room full of questions. What is the Carrier? What are his relationships? Is the Carrier human? What makes him anything less? These contemplations easily turn introspective, as we are pressed to doubt our own perceptions of humanity, lifespan, and existence.

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