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.