Body painting by Emma Hack – 17 people to make a jigsaw puzzle of a wrecked car

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Emma Hackfrom Adelaide (Australia)
Diverse Multimedia Artist
Skin Illustrator, Photographer, Sculptor
Emma Hack painted 17 people to make a jigsaw puzzle of a wrecked car. Collaborating with the advertising agency Clemenger BBDO Adelaide, this was part of the South Australia’s Motor Accident Commission’s public education campaign against speeding drivers with a symbolic message “We all play a part.”

Body painting by Emma Hack – 17 people to make a jigsaw puzzle of a wrecked car
Body painting by Emma Hack – 17 people to make a jigsaw puzzle of a wrecked car
Body painting by Emma Hack – 17 people to make a jigsaw puzzle of a wrecked car
Body painting by Emma Hack – 17 people to make a jigsaw puzzle of a wrecked car

Emma Hack

Diverse Multimedia Artist
Skin Illustrator, Photographer, Sculptor
Adelaide-based artist, Emma Hack, has been exhibiting extensively throughout Australia since 1999. Through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, Emma’s works evoke a rich array of visual narrative and magical realism.
The reaction new viewers have to Emma’s work is usually one of intrigue. Drawn in by the exquisite designs and striking representations of animals, it is not long before there is the realization that a human form, a person, and/or an animal, is present in the work. And the questions arise: How does she do it? Surely it’s superimposed? How long does it take? Does the model really have to stand there the whole time?
Emma began exploring the notion of camouflage, drawing inspiration from iconic model, Veruschka, who in the 1960s and 70s painted herself into rustic walls and naturalistic settings. When Emma discovered the iconic Florence Broadhurst range of wallpaper designs, it provided the perfect inspiration. Signature Prints, the publishers of the Broadhurst range, gave their blessing for Emma to not only use the designs, but granted her full access to the Florence Broadhurst archives of some 530 designs. So began the Wallpaper Collectionof images that span from 2005 to her recently launched collection in 2010. It was during this time that Emma began exhibiting her limited edition photographic images. Her first ever wallpaper camouflage took 19 hours straight to paint with more recent works taking anywhere from 8-15 hours, depending on the complexity of the design. It is an exhausting process for artist and subject alike; however the results are nothing short of spectacular.
In the Wallpaper Mandala Collection, Emma has painstakingly camouflaged the human form into combined wallpaper designs, creating a circular mandala collagued background into which her muse is artfully blended. Emma’s Birds of Prey Collectioncomprises the same technique, but includes the use of live Australian birds: an owl, Wedge-tailed Eagle and Peregrine Falcon.
Emma Hack’s inaugural solo exhibition with Catherine Asquith Gallery, "Mirrored Whispers", recalls many aspects of her childhood, in particular, Emma’s fond memories of her grandmother’s extraordinary garden. Heirloom irises, sweet peas, hydrangeas and gardenias all encircled by what seemed to Emma at the time, a monumental Magnolia tree, meant for joyful, blissful times. This new collection, with its subdued palette and gentle figurative reflections also highlights what Emma terms her ‘inner muse’, that feminine wisdom that we as women experience, at least once in our lives.
Emma Hack has been exhibiting professionally since 2002, having held in excess of 20 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout Australia.
Emma has shown at ART Sydney (2008, 2009 and 2010), ART Melbourne (2009, 2010, 2011), and internationally, at The London
Art Fair (2011), ART Singapore (2011) and the Affordable Art Fair, New York (2011).
Emma’s art practice and exhibitions have been widely documented in both the Australian and international press, and in particular, her participation in local and overseas art fairs has been featured on various television programs. In 2011, Emma’s work was highlighted on Australia’s ABC TV’s "Art Nation" program.
Represented nationally throughout Australia, Emma is also represented in London, New York and Singapore and her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections globally.
Emma’s recent collaboration on Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ has seen her profile skyrocket with the single in UK, Europe and US charts and over 100 million hits on YouTube.


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