Australia, born Sierra Leone, 1965
Game Boys Advanced, 2002, from the series We Are Family
Silicone, polyurethane, fiberglass, clothing, human hair, and video game
51 ¾ x 27 ¼ x 13 ¾ in.
Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Gift of The Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, 2014.29.2
Game Boys Advanced looks straightforward on initial viewing: one boy, named Ollie, plays intently with a hand-held video game, while his identical companion Solly looks over his shoulder at the flickering screen. However, upon closer inspection, the two young boys show signs of aging—grey hairs, age-spots, yellowing teeth, and wrinkles. The prematurely aged twins explicitly reference the scientific creation of Dolly, a cloned sheep who aged quickly and died young. Regarded by some as creepy, Game Boys Advanced examines the frailty of the creations of science and our responsibilities to the new life we create, not to mention the ethical dilemmas associated with cloning and stem cell research.
© Patricia Piccinini