Emma Hack

Interview with Emma Hack – part 1

We are very proud to launch the Beyond Bank Arts Program!

This program will provide support and endorsement to the arts community in various ways; through sponsorships, specialised products and through promotion and support of artists within the local arts community.

We’re excited that our very first artist discussion is with Emma Hack, a prominent Adelaide based artist with her own gallery on North Adelaide’s beautiful O’Connell Street.

Her works have received world wide attention and acclaim, exhibiting across Australia and successfully overseas. She is a strong, positive presence in the Adelaide arts community, regularly exhibiting her signature works, promoting emerging artists through the Emma Hack Art Prize held during the Adelaide Fringe Festival and a strong endorser of many arts initiatives for the arts community.

Emma’s beautiful works combine the human form with created or living environments. Her meticulously painted human forms are layered within her images to create a beautiful narrative of connection and separation within the backdrop; the human form is all at once seen and hidden, it is a beautiful language that Emma uses to take us on a visual journey.

We spent some time with Emma and asked her to share some of her artistic career stages and highlights. Here’s what she had to say…

I started face painting children when still at school and studied make-up artistry when I finished.

My teacher, Bill Peacock suggested I paint the whole body like I was doing on the faces, I tried it and was hooked on body art.

I worked mainly as a freelance make-up artist specialising in the creative side until about two years ago when I went full time with my art.

My first exhibition was in 2002, where I camouflaged the human form as flowers in contorted poses that reflected their shape.

In 2005, I came across the stunning wallpapers of Florence Broadhurst, into which I blended my models holding wildlife as an environmental statement. I started photographing my work and was taken on by commercial galleries in 2008.

I am now represented worldwide and shown regularly at art fairs and galleries alike. I opened my own gallery in my home town of Adelaide last year when my represented gallery, AP Bond closed its doors.

I really love the illusionary element in my art and aim to continue with this concept. My SALA exhibition has no body art, they are gorgeous portraits with embroidered details, it’s a transition I am really proud of!

Creating my first exhibition was definitely a highlight. Working on larger projects like the stop-animation commission for Gotye, the multiple-bodied works for the Motor Accident Commission, WA Ballet and a larger than life work at Madame Hanoi.

My personal projects are all really close to my heart, my recent lenticular, collage and embroidery works have transitioned my practise and, you can find them on my gallery walls.

To find out more about how Beyond Bank is supporting the Arts community, visit www.beyondbank.com.au/artspartnership 

To read more of our interview with Emma Hack about her creative process, click here.

Image Credit: Darren Clements

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