Emma Hacks the perfect blend of body art

VANISHING ACT: Body artist Emma Hack, whose art was featured in Gotye’s music video, shows off her skills on stage.
VANISHING ACT: Body artist Emma Hack, whose art was featured in Gotye’s music video, shows off her skills on stage. Che Chapman

SHE has a distinct style that more than 350 million people worldwide would recognise and yesterday she spectacularly brought it to life.

Emma Hack shot to fame after her body painting artistry was showcased in Gotye's Somebody I Used to Know music video.

The Adelaide-based skin illustrator was a guest presenter and judge at the Australian Body Art Festival in Eumundi, which attracted 10,000 people over the weekend.

Ms Hack said she was excited to see so much rising talent, especially in the face painting category.

"I was a baby at 14 when I started face painting," she said.

"I started body painting at 18 and I've been doing it for 25 years now.

"For me, it makes me finish my work and I love creating different shapes to fit the contours of the human body."

Ms Hack created a gorgeous bespoke paper work based on the designs of Florence Broadhurst, blending her model into the background as the day went on, to the amazement of onlookers at the festival yesterday.

She is the only artist allowed access to Broadhurst's archives to work with her iconic designs.

Nicole Aspradakis was crowned the winner of the Brush and Sponge Competition and Caitlyn Tickner took out the face painting category.

Event director Anthony Wynne-Hoelscher said the quality of entries had gone to a new level.

"We've blended street art, graffiti, skate art, surfboard art, hair art and really upscaled the wearable art and collaborative nature of body painting, make-up, hair and fashion, and I think all of this has really ensured that the quality this year has been first class," he said.

Topics:  body art

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