2017 Finalists

Polixeni PAPAPETROU

Artist statement: In Eden I photographed girls adorned with floral arrangements to reflect on their metamorphosis from child to adolescent and adolescent to adult, and a oneness with the world, fertility and the cycles of life. By reflecting on the changing body of young people as they shed one skin for another, we are embedded in the cycles of life. The seasons of growth, blossoming and wilting are visibly illustrated in the life cycle of the flower which also highlights our mortality. In this world of flowers and girls, budding, blossoming, eventually consigned to wilting, culture folds itself upon nature in a floral embrace that cancels the gloom of inevitable mortality in this miraculous thing we call life.

www.polixenipapapetrou.net

WINNER OF THE $30 000 ACQUISITIVE AWARD

Delphi  2016
from the series Eden
pigment ink-jet print
127.5 x 85.0 cm
courtesy the artist, Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney) and Jarvis Dooney Galerie (Berlin)

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