We Stopped to Smell the Roses - Collage - Heather Honeysuckle
Acrylic on canvas background detail, gifted pressed flowers, etched perspex, gifted words
Unique edition - 40 x 40cm
Heather knew I loved the scent of honeysuckle so she would bring me plastic bags generously stuffed with fragrant fronds from her garden and she would laugh as she watched me absolutely immerse myself in the intense sensory bliss of the treat. It made me profoundly happy. One birthday, she gave me a potted honeysuckle. I planted it and watched it begin to thrive. Did she have a premonition? She died soon after. Now, 15 years later, I hear echoes of her laughter whenever I bury my head in heavenly fragrance from my own mighty creeper. It may be the only honeysuckle in the world which is named “Heather”.
Emma has received great acclaim for her refined body paint camouflage technique; through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, her work evokes a rich array of visual narrative and magical realism.
Best known for her Wallpaper series (2005-2013)- in which she painstakingly camouflaged the human form by hand painting her models into the remarkable designs of the late Florence Broadhurst. Emma Hack’s diverse artwork collections draw inspiration from the unique Australian flora and fauna, as well as Oriental influences and expanding to fine embroidered portraits.
Emma Hack’s collaboration with Grammy award winning musician Gotye resulted in the iconic, award winning music video for Somebody That I Used to Know, which has been viewed by over a Billion people worldwide, raising her profile in the US, UK and Europe. Emma has since worked on major artistic commissions for luxury brands and the artistic community including her 'Madame Hanoi’ portrait, currently the largest body art mural in the world, standing at 8m in height, gracing the walls of Celebrity Chef, Nic Watt’s restaurant of the same name in Adelaide.
Emma Hack opened her own, flagship gallery and studio in North Adelaide, re-launching in the center of Adelaide throughout 2018. Emma's work is held in numerous private and corporate collections globally.