Siobhán Hapaska, Snake and Apple

John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

15 December 2018 – 9 February 2019

Siobhán Hapaska, Snake and Apple, 2018, aluminium, artificial snakeskin, fibreglass, stainless steel, two-pack acrylic paint, lacquer, 250 x 215 x 205 cm / 98.4 x 84.6 x 80.7 in

Siobhán Hapaska, Snake and Apple, 2018, aluminium, artificial snakeskin, fibreglass, stainless steel, two-pack acrylic paint, lacquer, 250 x 215 x 205 cm / 98.4 x 84.6 x 80.7 in

Siobhán Hapaska continually reconsiders the role of the object in contemporary sculpture. Through her works Hapaska seeks to find a balance and sense of stability to explore human relations and navigate our current global condition and its frequent violence. Hapaska carefully employs an array of materials, each loaded with history and multiple readings. These materials are manipulated into intricate relationships of both potential energy and harmony.

 

For John Hansard Gallery, Hapaska’s presents new and recent works from her series ‘Snake and Apple’ (2015–present). Glossy fibreglass ‘apples’ look set to burst as they are constricted between snakeskin veneered metal U channels. The arrangement of elements is at once seductive and unnerving. The title of the series alludes to the ‘Fall of Man’ in Christian theology, the sculpture acts as a retelling of this narrative of seduction and loss of innocence.

 

Siobhán Hapaska (b. 1963, Belfast, Northern Ireland) studied at Middlesex Polytechnic, London and Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her work is in many major institutional collections including The Boijmans, The TATE, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts and The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

 

Recent group exhibitions include Kerlin Gallery (2018), White Cube Bermondsey, London, The Hepworth Wakefield, UK (both 2017), Bloomberg SPACE, London (2016), Azerbaijan Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015), Royal Academy, London (2010), the British Art Show 6 (2005–06), the Irish  Pavilion, 49th Venice Biennale (2001), Magasin 3, Stockholm and Documenta X (1997).

 

This exhibition has been possible with support from Culture Ireland as part of their GB18 programme. Siobhán Hapaska is represented by Kerlin Gallery, Dublin. 

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