Petrina Hicks is a Sydney-based artist whose large-scale photographs disrupt our expectations of seductive commercial imagery and traditional portraiture.
The work currently installed at William St are primarily from her series The Descendants, in which people and animals seem, at first glance, innocent and gentle but later unsettle us. The subjects depicted could be from the past or the future, they could be real or virtual. They ask us to consider how disrupted our relationship to the natural world has become and how far we may stray from our biological roots in the quest for perfection.
Hicks explores photography’s role in the process of seduction and consumption, and its capacity to blur the line between truth and fabrication.