Petrina Hicks

July 20 to September 3 | Tue. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Alluding to a mythical dimension constantly evoked through references to classical antiquity, Petrina Hicks’ images reveal an instinctual and magical dimension, a reality beyond the boundaries of the visible in which animals and humans reconnect and recognize their mutual individuality as they observe each other.

Le opere fotografiche sono acquistabili in due formati sul sito di Forma Edizioni al seguente link: SHOP OPERE

È possibile acquistare gli NFT(s) di alcuni video selezionati dall’artista sul sito di Knownorigin:  SHOP NFTS

Cover: © Petrina Hicks, Mythologies.

After exploring the diverse concept of SuperNatural, stemming from the need to reflect on the dialogue between natural and artificial in the era of the Anthropocene, the cycle conceived by Irene Alison draws to its conclusion with the Mythologies exhibition by Petrina Hicks, a retrospective look at the work of the Australian photographer, exhibited in Italy for the first time. Rewriting myths, such as the stories of Medusa or of Adam and Eve, and choosing animals with strong symbolic connotations like snakes, cats and birds as the co-protagonists of her shots, Petrina Hicks’s photographs allude to the complexity of woman’s identity and the spiritual nature of her relationship with animals. According to the photographer’s vision, animals are closer to the “divine” than humans because they exist in a state of pure awareness, and women are closer to animals because they are more capable of understanding that we exist in the same single continuum. Framed within her shots, albino pythons wrap themselves around the wrists of diaphanous muses, snow-white barn owls soar through the air and cats with an evanescent glow cast magnetic glances into the lens.

Petrina Hicks


Petrina Hicks is an Australian artist who has gained a reputation for her large scale photographs that explore representations of women and feminine iconography throughout art history and mythology. Her photographs are rich with mythological and historical symbolism and imbued with a sense of the surreal and uncanny. Symbolic animals and females often appear together in her work to represent psyche and identity. Her work is held in many public collections including National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia. In 2019 the National Gallery of Victoria held a major survey show of Hicks work, titled ‘Bleached Gothic’. This exhibition included fifty photographs and video works spanning the period 2003 to 2019. From June-September 2021 Hicks survey show ‘Gothique Blanc’ was held at the Australian Embassy, Paris, France displaying photographs spanning the period 2003 to 2019.



A selection of the photographic works featured in the exhibition are available on the Forma Editions website at the following link: SHOP OPERAS

© Petrina Hicks.


Interview with Petrina Hicks by Irene Alison for Lady Radio

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