Siobhán Hapaska’s work combines disparate images, forms and narrative styles to forge resonate connections. Since the mid-1990s, the artist has incorporated a diverse vocabulary of materials and unique objects – which have ranged from olive trees to acupuncture needles, coyote fur to magnets – to construct complex and imaginative assemblages often charged with socio-political issues. Both figurative and abstract, her work addresses themes of communication, interiority, subjugation versus domination, loneliness and hurt, presenting each with an element of humor and an underlying hopefulness.
Born in Belfast in 1963, Hapaska currently lives and works in London. She studied at Middlesex Polytechnic in London from 1985-88 and at the University of London’s Goldsmiths College from 1990-92. Winner of the 1998 Irish Museum of Modern Art / Glen Dimplex Artists Award, the artist represented Ireland at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001.
Throughout her career, Hapaska has presented important solo exhibitions at institutions including Magasin 3 Stockholm (2013), The Barbican Art Centre in London (2010), Ormeau Baths Gallery in Belfast (2010), Camden Arts Centre in London (2007), Sezon Museum of Art in Tokyo (1999), and the ICA in London (1995-1996), among others. Her work was exhibited in Documenta X, Kassel, in 1997, and was also featured as part of group shows at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, Kunsthaus Graz in Austria, Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma in Helsinki, the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.
Her work can be found in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and The Tate Modern in London, among other public institutions.