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Polixeni Papapetrou : 'Between Worlds' - pictures of a beautifully bizarre children's fairytale

Children live between worlds, between birth and adulthood. And they are in luck: those who live in between steer clear of having to opt for either side and still have plenty of space for the imaginative creation of a world of their own.  Polixeni Papapetrou is still able to transfer herself into this world and her ‘Between Worlds’ series documents just how bizarre and beautiful the in-between can be.

The children in the pictures pose in landscapes of a distinctly mythical bearing, their animal masks turn them into beings born from a surreal imagination. The atmosphere resembles paintings – a comparison to Caspar David Friedrich or John Whistler comes to mind – and it seems an implicitness to see a girl with an owl's head sitting in a tree, or a camel boy in front of sandy rocks.

A sustained view of Polixenis' series lifts the veil of confusion and invites to take part in a colourful fairy tale.

The artist studied in Melbourne and has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions, including Paris, New York, Toronto and New Zealand. Her works can be found internationally, in the Museum of Fine Arts in Florida, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and in private collections, amongst others. In 2009, she was awarded the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Award for photography.

The Stills Gallery in Sydney is showing ‘Between Worlds’ until 3 July 2010.

Polixeni Papapetrou –
Between Worlds

Stills Gallery
36 Gosbell Street

Until 3 July 2010
Tue – Sat, 11:00 – 18:00