"The twelve large format Sandman photographs depict vignettes from the lives of a young couple whose hopes and aspirations are saturated with an enveloping ennui that seems to emanate from everything around them: the blown sea, the white clouded skies and the slow dilation of time. Sometimes, despite the hype, nothing really seems to happen.
But there is definitely something happening in Piccininis boy-meets-girl tale. Momentous forces are constantly and imperceptibly at work. The young blonde heroine has strange incisions in her neck, the vestigial remains of amphibian breathing apparatus left over from our distant sea-dwelling ancestors. Apparently, even today, these branchial arches are present in each human embryo until such time as they retreat prior to birth." (A Rowell, Press Release, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, September 2003)