Petrina Hicks wins the 2014 Bowness Photography Prize
One of Australia’s most established photographers Petrina Hicks has won Australia’s prestigious photography award, the $25 000 Bowness Photography Prize.
The Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Angus Trumble announced Hicks as the winner of the Bowness Photography Prize at a cocktail party at Monash Gallery of Art on Thursday 4 September 2014.
Petrina Hicks’s winning photograph Venus2013 from the series The shadows is an alluring and symbolically rich picture. As with many of the Hicks’s works, Venus is at once a beautiful, archetypal and complex image.
In Venus, Hicks references mythology and art history to explore representations of women. The artist presents the viewer with a portrait of a young woman whose face is obscured by a conch shell. For Hicks the conch shell is ‘symbolic of fertility across many cultures’, and her portrait of Venus stretches back to some of human culture’s earliest images of women.