Mind, Body, and Art (Emma Hack)

Australian Emma Hack literally lives her life as art. The acclaimed skin illustrator launched her career nearly twenty years ago as a qualified hairstylist and children’s makeup artist. Today, her creative portfolio spans several genres, including sculpture, photography, and even editorial design.

Hack’s creative nature and incredible instinct have enabled her to develop a style that is instantly recognizable and highly sought after. Amongst her array of corporate clients are Toyota, Tiffany & Co, MAC, Sony Playstation, and Cirque du Soliel, companies as diverse in their missions as Hack is with her talent.

Hack’s latest collections focus on the human body and its environment.  In what is perhaps her most popular series of work to date, camouflages the female form amidst the elegant wallpaper designs of Florence Broadhurst.

By recreating Broadhurst’s lush imagery on the bodies of models, Hack brings a new meaning to the aphorism “life is your a canvas.” In an interview with the World Body Paining Association, she explains what inspired this truly original project: 

I had been trying to find a way to create a collection based on Verushka’s work, blending her body into rustic walls.  My style is very colorful, so I didn’t want to blend people into nature, and this theme, it had also been done before.  

One day I came across ‘Flourish,’ a home-ware store. They had a wall covered in the late Florence Broadhurst wallpaper designs. I felt a very strong connection to her designs, so I decided to try blending my models into it. The first time a tried, I painted for 19 hours. The designs are very difficult.I have progressed from showing a little skin and character work to fully blending the models into the designs.

No matter the body she paints nor the theme on which she makes commentary, Emma Hack brings a sense of wonderment and ingenuity to everything she touches. I highly recommend that you check out Emma Hack. If nothing else, she will make you realize just how much life truly is a work of art.


About the author

Yolanda Muchnik is the Founder of Aliveasart. A working professional with a passion for the visual and performing arts, she's got a soft spot for all things creative. In addition to ten years of formal dance training, Yolanda has experience as a graphic artist, a management and strategy consultant, and digital marketer.

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