<em>Venus</em> 2013 from <em>The Shadows</em> series 2013<br/>
pigment inkjet print<br/>
All works are from the collection of the artist, courtesy of Michael Reid, Sydney, and This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne<br/>
© Petrina Hicks

Photographer Petrina Hicks and Curator Maria Quirk each discuss the tension between familiarity and strangeness in this major exhibition. Hicks’s interest in the ‘hyper-real space’ draws inspiration from mythology and traditional gender representations. Maria Quirk suggests Hicks’s photographs evoke an ‘indescribable emotion’, depicting the complexity of the female experience within representations of perfection.