Patricia Piccinini’s art is provocative, disturbing and surprisingly sweet. She builds hyper-realistic models of monsters and humans interacting in a familiar way, suggesting a future of humans genetically engineering new animals to serve us in a variety of roles, from pet to bodyguard to nursemaid to playthings. The bizarre monsters in her work aren’t threatening but instead innocent and even helpful–the way an alien might see a cat or a dog. Bizarre in appearance, but familiar and even friendly in their service and the fondness the humans show to them. A few sculptures are below; see more here.