Petrina Hicks utilises the seductive and glossy language of commercial photography to create artworks that probe at the false promise of perfection, exploring photography’s ability to both create and corrupt the process of seduction and consumption. Her work often explores female identity — making reference to mythology and art history and drawing associations between these elements and contemporary image culture. Of further interest is the symbiotic relationship between animal and human reflected in her work.
Petrina Hicks has exhibited widely through solo and groups shows in Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, USA, UK, Japan, China, Mexico, and Brazil. Hicks’ work was recently selected to be shown at; Volta NY 2015, 17th International Videobrasil, Brazil, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China and Art Platform, Los Angeles. Her work belongs to various national and international collections including National Gallery of Australia, AGNSW, Queensland Art Gallery, Tweed River City Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria.
Hicks has been awarded various notable prizes and residencies including; 2014 Bowness Photography Prize, Josephine Ulrick Photography Award for Portraiture, 2008 ABN Emerging Artist Award, La Cite, Paris Residency, Art Gallery of NSW and 8-month Fellowship, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany.