Contemporary artist Sarah Hardacre is known for her photo paper collages and silkscreen prints portraying voluptuous landscapes of nude female bodies juxtaposed against concrete architectural structures. Take ‘Forget Mermaids’, the silkscreen print on Somerset in edition of 30 on sale on yoox.com, which is a skillful mix of both – a graphic representation of a giant naked woman leaning on a heavy geometric building. The ultra-modern, almost de-humanizing elements of Hardacre’s skylines are views of Post-industrial Salford, the artist’s hometown, which ‘come to life’ with the very human act of physical sensuality and eroticism.
Although the artist’s imagery recalls photos from vintage gentleman’s magazines, the artist’s work is far from being a mere feminist critique on sex and gender. It reveals, instead, a woman’s concern about the effects of the Welfare state and Modernism on today’s society and poses the question: How do humans appear against the phallic like housing experiments of the 60’s? Hardacre’s work is a sensuous study on how the role of women changed within the home and working class during the post-industrial era.
Hardacre, who lives and works in the UK is currently represented by Paul Stolper and is on sale on yoox.com. Her work is included in the collections of The British Museum, The British Council and numerous private collections throughout Europe and the US.