by Patricia Piccinini (2009)
Balasana is the sanskrit word for 'child's pose', one of the main resting positions in yoga. As a sculpture, Balasana is also a point of repose in my artistic practice. It is a moment of calm, without conflict or even much in the way of uncertainty or paradox. It is a dream-like work. When you dream, things seem to make sense at the time but when you think about them later they are incongruous. What you are left with is more of a feeling - more emotional than rational. We wonder why there is a wallaby - which is a kind of a small kangaroo - lying on the girls back. Together they are in a version of 'balasana' where two partners collaborate together to increase the intensity of the stretch. For me, the dreamlike quality of the work extends beyond the surreal juxtaposition of human and animal, suggesting a world where people coexist harmoniously with the natural world around them. This is a dream, I know, and likely to remain so.