Emma Hack - New Collection - Wallpaper Mandala

'Emma is currently celebrating her 21st year of body art and is Australia’s pioneer in this inspiring and growing worldwide art form.'

Art Exhibition previously on at Obscura Gallery in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Sunday 03 October 2010 to Thursday 21 October 2010
Launch Sunday 03 October 2010, 4pm - 6pm

Emma Hack, Egrets Mandala, 2010 image

Published by anonymous on Friday 24 September 2010.
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Launches 3rd October 2010 @ Obscura Gallery


Internationally recognised and award-winning Australian multi-media artist, Emma Hack began exploring the notion of camouflage in 2005, drawing inspiration from famed model Verushka 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. She was overwhelmed at the response from Signature Prints who gave blessing for her to not only use the designs but granted Emma access to the Florence Broadhurst archives.

So began the Wallpaper collection of images that span from 2005 – 2008, and 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 7 – 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.

Emma’s highly anticipated 2010 Wallpaper Mandala collection features 10 new images, expertly blending the female form into Broadhurst designs. This new collection is a further celebration of Emma’s skill and expertise, where she merges Broadhurst’s wallpaper designs together with her own gorgeous colour palettes.

Emma is currently working on a short documentary featuring the Broadhurst designs in her work as well as designing a limited edition art book.

Emma is also celebrating her 21st year of body art and is Australia’s pioneer in this inspiring and growing worldwide art form. She has worked with numerous Australian celebrities, including Kristy Hinze, Todd McKenney and Vanessa Amorossi. She also travels frequently overseas creating live installations for many launches and campaigns including Tiffany & Co in Dubai and Mont Blanc in Beijing.

Emma Hack’s Wallpaper Mandala collection will be launched at Obscura Gallery in Melbourne, October 3rd – 21st, 2010.

Mandala is the striking new collection from internationally acclaimed body illustrator and photographer, Emma Hack. For the new images Emma painstakingly camouflaged the human form into her hand painted mandala designs using body-painting techniques – a unique medium mastered over a 20 year career.

The meaning of mandala, while loosely translated from its ancient Sanskrit origins to mean ‘circle’, goes far beyond a simple reference to shape. It is a visual representation of wholeness, of essence and the patterns of life.

‘Exotic Mandala’ captures the beauty of art nouveau-inspired circular forms, elaborately framed by designs reminiscent of this decorative style. Butterflies are delicately placed onto her muse, creating a further dimension to the images.

‘Native Mandala’ offers a utopian view of the Australian essence in these stunning depictions of native wildlife; mammals, birds and reptiles appear to leap from the luscious native floral milieu, seemingly overtaking human presence.