Petrina Hicks’ wok is included in Wildthing: Animals in Contemporary Art, at Mosman Art Gallery in Sydney.
The exhibition examines the animal in contemporary Australian art and is part of the celebrations of the centenary of Taronga Zoo. The animal kingdom has long proved a source of constant fascination and inspiration for many Australian artists. Wildthing explores the complex and multi-layered relationships humankind has with the animal kingdom, ranging from the comfort and affection offered by the domestic realm through to encounters with animals in and of the ‘wild’ that fuel our fears and imagination. Through artworks that are humorous and thought provoking, the exhibition communicates important social and ethical issues regarding the use and commodification of animals in our society.
The Wildthing exhibition has been created in partnership between Mosman Art Gallery, Western Plains Cultural Centre and Lake Macquarie Art Gallery and includes artists of the calibre of Daniel Boyd, Penny Byrne, Simon Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, Sam Leach, Danie Mellor, David Noonan and Ben Quilty.