Patricia Piccinini’s human sculptures evoke questions of nature versus science

His creations also challenge our lived reality and norms. In Sanctuary, two elderly ape-like creatures hold each other tenderly, showing that intimacy isn’t just for the young. In The Comforter, a girl embraces an amorphous being, which makes us wonder about affection and the effects of nature versus nurturing.

Highlighting the themes of inter-species links, scientific intervention and natural evolution in an overt way, Piccinini’s pieces also explore issues of climate change, species extinction, conventional notions of beauty and ideal body. It is her hope that when we ask these questions, we can break down barriers and taboos while creating space for joy and love.

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To engage visitors, ArtScience Museum offers a hands-on activity in the space, where visitors can create their own hybrid puppet with paper cutouts.

There will also be drop-in craft sessions that encourage young minds to imagine and think about different futures – promising to delight children. What would life be like among new species? Participants can create their own hybrid puppet using an array of materials provided. Each session takes place every last Friday of the month, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is S$5 with limited slots available.

For adults, how about a masterclass with the famous Singaporean sculptor Daniel Yu? Learn basic sculpting and painting techniques during an exclusive session with the talented artist, who makes clay and resin figurines inspired by local traditions and popular culture. Then create your own chimera – or an anthropomorphic creature – fashioned from Playmobil figures and your imagination. Taking place on October 29 from 1-4 p.m., the workshop has limited time slots, with tickets costing S$88 each (early bird tickets available at S$68 each).