The Wanderer, photograph by Polexini Papapetrou
The Wanderer, photograph by Polexini Papapetrou.
2009, pigment inkjet print, 105 x 105cm. Gippsland Art Gallery Collection. Purchased with the assistance of the Gippsland Art Gallery Society and The Robert Salzer Foundation, 2009.
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Reproduced courtesy the artist.
Polixeni Papapetrou’s The Wanderer, from her 2009 series Between Worlds, is an enchanting image that spans the ages. In an ingenious feat of artmaking Papapetrou combines Caspar David Friedrich’s iconic The Wanderer above the Mists (1817-18), Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (1865), and Diane Arbus’ portraits of people on the fringe of society wearing masks from the 1960s. Set at high altitude in the Gippsland Alps, The Wanderer is an image about in-between states; in-between infancy and adulthood, in-between human and animal, and in-between reality and fiction.