Emma Hack is a world renowned Australian Artist who works predominantly with body paint and photography, using her paintbrush to merge people with the background so they become camouflaged like a chameleon.
Emma Hack is a pioneer in the artform of body painting, beginning in 1990 and exhibiting since 1999. Emma Hack’s expression of creating on the human form has evolved over the years into a photographic installation work.
Emma Hack’s focus on nature in her works spring from her childhood in South Australia; surrounded by green fields contrasted with the desert she had a constant access to the diversity of the natural world. She draws inspiration from around the world, from Australian flora and fauna to Oriental influences.
“I am always influenced by my journeys are travels, body art is the oldest artform in the world, it’s interesting to explore this within my creations.”
She has gained worldwide attention for her Motor Accident Commission, where she built a sculpture of 17 bodies arranged as a crashed car. She was also commissioned by the WA Ballet for their upcoming program imagery. Emma Hack’s mural ‘Madame Hanoi’ at Nic Watt’s restaurant in Adelaide is currently the largest body art mural in the world standing at 8m and is a particularly memorable work for her.
Emma Hack is most famous for her work in the music video for Gotye’s song Somebody That I Used To Know where she painted the set and the vocalists.
“I love illusion, the human is ‘at one’ within their background, it’s a discussion of sense of self and looking after the environment and the beauty within it.”
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