Petrina Hicks: Bleached Gothic

Petrina Hicks articulates the ambiguity and complexity of the female experience in her multi-layered photographs and video works. This major survey exhibition, ‘Bleached Gothic’, brings more than 40 works together for the first time, drawn from over 15 years of the artist’s creative practice.

Inspired by mythology and art history, Hicks’ alluring compositions, often pairing female subject or object with animal or creature, present curious dualities of seduction and danger, familiarity and strangeness, intimacy and distance.

Petrina Hicks, Persephone, 2015, from the ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ series, 2015, pigment inkjet print, 100 x 77cm. Collection of the artist © Petrina Hicks. Courtesy the artist, Michael Reid, Sydney and THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne

Petrina Hicks, The unbearable lightness of being, 2015, from the ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ series, 2015, pigment inkjet print, 100 x 129cm (image). Collection of the artist © Petrina Hicks. Courtesy the artist, Michael Reid, Sydney and THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Until 29 March 2020
Melbourne