In Still Life Studio Hicks continues her exploration of the relationship between ancient culture and contemporary life, employing mythology, symbolism and historical motifs in her haunting images.
Hicks' works also reveal her fascination with flawed or alternative beauty, probing narratives of female representation through art history and the media. The slick sophistication of her images highlights this dichotomy between the surface aesthetic and their ambiguous, subversive subtext.
Hicks has been awarded many of Australia's most notable prizes including the Bowness Photography Prize, Josephine Ulrick Photography Award, ABN Amro Artist Award as well as residencies at La Cite Paris, Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship, Germany and most recently Kala Art Institute Residency, Berkeley California. Her work has been exhibited widely internationally including at The High Commission of London; Embassy of Australia, Paris; Photo London; fotofever Paris; VOLTA New York and Art Platform LA. It is in the collections of major Australian institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia and National Gallery of Victoria.
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