• Artist
    Petrina Hicks
  • Title
    The Chrysalis
  • Date of Production
    2011
  • Medium
    Video Still, HD Video
  • Dimensions
    6 min, looped
  • Credit Details
    Courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney

PROJECT: Guirguis New Art Prize


Saturday, April 13, 2013 - Sunday, May 19, 2013, 06:00 PM - 02:00 AM

PROJECT - Lydiard Street projection window
Admission: Free


Showing in Project as part of the Guirgus New Art Prize, Petrina Hicks' work explores photography's capability to both create and corrupt the process of seduction and consumption.

Referencing a surface aesthetic identified with the advertising industry, the aim is to simultaneously seduce and repulse the viewer - while the soft, appealing colours, dew kissed flowers and shiny saliva all appeal to the senses and appear satisfying, the excess saliva, overt sexuality, creature-like tongue and skin blemishes corrupt this process of seduction. By blurring these boundaries between seduction and repulsion, the image and the meaning become slippery, the viewer denied any fixed or tangible hooks and instead the image hovers in a state of ambiguity.

Filmed on a high speed Phantom video camera at 800 frames per second, The Chrysalis' six seconds of footage is recorded and stretched to six minutes. Creating a hyper real slow motion effect, here Hicks attempts to stretch out what is referred to as the 'photographic moment'.