This is Emma Hack

By Gwylym Owen

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Emma Hack (born 1972) is an Australian visual artiste known for her photographs of painted naked human bodies that visually merge next a patterned background wall, producing a chameleon-like camouflage effect. Her technique was developed in the in advance 2000s and inspired from wallpaper designs by Florence Broadhurst. The technique got broad exposure in the music video to Gotye’s hit Somebody That I Used to Know. Her 2014 acquit yourself incorporated animals.

In 2014 Emma Hack launched the Emma Hack Art Prize, offering a $5,000 acquisitive prize and exhibition opportunity to artists based in South Australia. The inaugural exhibition theme was ‘My environment’ and the overall winner was Natasha Natale for her piece Stump, a delicate sculpture reflecting the fragility and decline of her home garden. The winner of the People’s Choice rave review was Tiffany Rysdale for her piece Growth Spurt.

In 2015 the theme was ‘Humanity in the environment’.

A selection of finalists is made and works are placed on display at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Works must be made reachable for sale and allowance of the proceeds is donated to the Australian Marine Mammal Welfare and Rescue Organisation (AMMWRO). The exhibition is portion of the Adelaide Fringe.

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