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‘Bond’, like much of Siobhán Hapaska’s work conveys a strong design aesthetic. Her work is known for its diversity and humour. In ‘Bond’ Hapaska plays with the notion of nature versus machine. Both organic and artificial, ‘Bond’ contains contradictions and contrasts between the portraying of dynamic movement and stillness as the dynamism associated with the mechanics of the car is solidified in a static sculpture. The lacquer finish can be compared to the design of the mass produced car, a beacon for 20th century design and mass production. The addition of electric lights, obvious connotations to the speed of light, contrast with the slow accumulation of basalt and moss nestling naturally within the forms of the sculpture.

In 1997 Siobhán Hapaska participated in Documenta X, Kassel. In 1998 she was awarded the IMMA Glen Dimplex Artists Award, and represented Ireland in the 2001 Venice Biennale.

MediumFiberglass, Irish basalt, reindeer moss, two-pack lacquer and electrical components
Dimensions180 x 120 x 70 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2000
Item NumberIMMA.1294
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Siobhán Hapaska, Bond, 1999, Fiberglass, Irish basalt, reindeer moss, two-pack lacquer and electrical components, 180 x 120 x 70 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2000

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About the Artist

Siobhán Hapaska b.1963

Northern Irish artist Siobhán Hapaska studied at Middlesex Polytechnic and Goldsmiths College, London. Her wall and floor based sculptural works combine a range of synthetic and organic materials to consider ideas of speed, displacement, communication and our relationship with the environment. Hapaska has exhibition nationally and internationally since the 1990s. She received the IMMA Glen Dimplex Award in 1998 and represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2001. Her work is held in many public collections, including Tate Modern and the British Council.
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