The Skywhale Keyring x Patricia Piccinini
Third Drawer Down in collaboration with Patricia Piccinini presents the Curious Affection collection - a collection of art objects and accessories celebrating one of Australia's most successful artists and her incredibly moving, unique work.
The Skywhale Keyring brings the 34-meter long hot air balloon to your everyday! This sculpture in the sky took 16 people seven months to make, using more than 3.5 kilometres of fabric and 3.3 million stitches.
"My question is what if evolution went a different way and instead of going back into the sea, from which they came originally, they went into the air and we evolved a nature that could fly instead of swim," she said.
About the Artist
Patricia Piccinini last year was responsible for the world’s most visited exhibition of contemporary art. She is one of Australia’s most successful artists, representing on a global scale and we could not be more thrilled to finally be collaborating on a collection of keepsakes and art objects that hero some of her most talked about works. Currently exhibiting Curious Affection at Queensland Art Gallery, Patricia Piccinini works out of her Melbourne studio and through her often confronting work addresses how contemporary ideas of nature: the natural and the artificial are changing our society. Many works have addressed concerns about biotechnology, such as gene therapy and ongoing research to map the human genome... she is also fascinated by the mechanisms of consumer culture. (Adapted from a biography by The National Gallery of Australia)
“My work always begins with drawing. I develop my ideas using drawing and then when I feel that it is starting to become something worth making, I start to think about how it might be made. The medium tends to come as I start to think about how best to express a particular idea, whether that might be photography or sculpture or a more resolved sort of drawing. Sometimes there is some sort of materiality that I want to work with and other times it is about how I might best connect viewers with the ideas. At that point, I start to think about fabrication.”
Materials + care instructions
-Epoxy front with silver back and edging.
-7cm x 4.3cm
The Skywhale, 2013 © Patricia Piccinini
We ship worldwide! Standard Shipping within Australia is sent by Australia Post Parcel Post service. There is an option at checkout of choosing to send by Express Post with a higher freight rate. Larger parcels will be sent with Fastway Couriers. International orders are sent via FedEx at a flat rate of $20 (under 2kg) - boom that's good!