I went to Asia contemporary Art fair in the Conrad Hotel earlier this year, and was immediately struck by the work of Emma Hack, shown by Australia’s Retrospect Gallery. The piece that caught my attention was from Emma’s collection of delicately beautiful and subtle paintings/photography are inspired by the wallpapers of famous Australian wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst. She re-creates these patterns, by hand painting on a wall, and over a nude woman, until the two become one. Nature often features in the form of owls, butterfly’s, and birds, and I just love the delicacy and composition she uses.
One of Emma’s most widely acclaimed pieces was the project she was commissioned to do for Artist Gotye, for his award winning song ‘Somebody I used to know’. It shows Gotye and Kimbra naked against a white backdrop. While they sing, a pattern of paint gradually covers their skin and the backdrop, and it’s shot using stop motion animation.
The Cat Street Gallery in Sheung Wan also holds a number of Emma’s works www.thecatstreetgallery.com