An image of Shenae and Jade

Petrina Hicks

(Australia 1972 – )

Shenae and Jade

Not on display
Further information

Born in Sydney, Petrina Hicks studied photo media at Canberra School of Art, ANU and now lives and works in Sydney. She has produced several series of photographs in the last 4 years focusing on young people, and is particularly interested in showing the tension between beauty and imperfection.

'Shenae and Jade' is typical of Hicks’ unconventional portraits. The young model holds the budgie’s head in her mouth. It’s the kind of slightly dangerous behaviour which can be unnerving to observe. The freckled nose of the model is in tension with her smooth pale temples, heavily lashed closed eyes and soft white top. The luminescent background and generally pale colouration throw the headless body of the brightly coloured budgie into high relief.

Hicks has won several prizes including Sydney Life, Art & About 2004 and the Josephine Ulrich Photography Award for Portraiture 2003. She has most recently exhibited in Melbourne in 'Light sensitive: contemporary Australian photography from the Loti Smorgon Fund' at the National Gallery of Victoria.

printed 2006
lightjet print
85.5 x 80.0 cm image; 97.3 x 93.1 cm sheet; 101.2 x 95.7 x 4.5 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r.c. verso,

Viktoria Marinov Bequest 2006
Accession number
© Petrina Hicks