Bronwyn Hack’s artwork hints toward melodrama, fictionalised scenes, tactile creations and bodily formations. In recent years her work has been characterised by an interest in animals (particularly wild and domestic dogs) and an avid preoccupation with bones, as well as the observable and hidden parts of the human body.
Having worked from the Arts Project studio since 2011, Hack is becoming known for her multi-faceted practice which spans sculpture, painting, printmaking, ceramics and 3D art. At the centre of this practice sits her recent soft sculpture works that reinterpret singular elements of the body. “I’ve always been interested in the body,” explains Hack. “I’m interested in the different shapes and all the body parts and where they go.”
Hack has been regularly exhibiting her soft sculpture, with her two-part work The Body Piece currently showing at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre. Shortlisted for the Darebin Art Prize, the sculpture faithfully depicts reinterpretations of male and female private parts.
Hack was also one of five Arts Project artists curated by Anthony Fitzpatrick, curator at Tarrawarra Museum of Art, into the group exhibition Faraway, so close. During the show, which took place towards the end of last year, Hack worked in close collaboration with Gosia Wlodarczak and Terry Williams to create A Room of Haptic Knowledge. Hack’s contribution was a series of body parts including eyes, lips, intestines and a brain.
Now 2018 is promising to be an even more fruitful year for the artist. Her printmaking work is appearing in group exhibition Under Pressure (opening this Saturday 3 February) and her artist zines will be on display, and available for purchase, at the upcoming Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair on Sunday 11 February. Not to mention in June this year Hack will commence a residency at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, where she’ll continue work on her soft sculpture body pieces.
This transformation marks an acute development from Hack’s earlier work, which often focused on scenes of attraction featuring fictionalised characters and personas drawn from her imagination.
When asked about her process and her move towards soft sculpture and body-based works, Hack explains how she often decides every Monday what she will create for the rest of the week. “I get ideas from the internet, books and what I see and I’m looking at body photos” she says. “I just know what to do when I’m doing it, and what colour and shape to use.”
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