2022 Finalists

Petrina HICKS

Artist statement: The whole universe is said to be operating within the invisible womb of the divine mother, she is the womb of all creatures.

When a woman’s sovereignty over her own womb is denied, it disrupts a divine intelligence placed in the hands of the one endowed with a womb.

To quote American poet and essayist Adrienne Rich:

We need to imagine a world in which every woman is the presiding genius of her own body. In such a world women will truly create new life, bringing forth not only children (if and as we choose) but the visions, and the thinking necessary to sustain, console, and alter human existence - a new relationship to the universe.
Rich, Adrienne. Of woman born: motherhood as experience and institution. New York: Norton, 1976.



Hercules  2021
pigment ink-jet print
100.0 x 123.0 cm
courtesy of the artist, Michael Reid, (Sydney) and THIS IS NO FANTASY (Melbourne)


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