Polixeni Papapetrou is an inventive photographer from Australia noted for her themed photo series about people’s identities and roles. She has often used her children as models, setting them up in costumes and various tableaux. Some of the themes she has explored are: Elvis Presley fans, Marilyn Monroe impersonators, drag queens, and images based on works by Lewis Carroll.
Sadly, she has had a reoccurrence of breast cancer and was diagnosed terminal in November 2012. Happily, as an artist she has achieved a lot of worldwide recognition for her work. She has been able to spend quality time with her children creating and watching them grow.
Polixeni continues to work and currently has a new exhibition Between Worlds, opening July 9th thru August 8th, 2013 at The Hellenic Museum in Melbourne.
Most the images here are from one of her latest series, The Ghillies which captivated and mesmerized us with its strange mystery and sparse surroundings. (A ghillie suit is a camouflage outfit originally developed for hunting and the military.)
With titles like Salt Man or Magma Man - they stand iconic with an isolated somewhat sad beauty. We did read a little about the concept behind this series – but it’s better to just experience it yourself – make your own personal connections. The surreal weirdness of these solitary figures, like beings from another world or abominable snowmen of the bush, just enchanted us… As haunted beautiful spirits, they roam and wander a nether land between two worlds – the conscious and the unconscious.
LINK: To Polixeni Papapetrou’s Website
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