PEOPLE WE ADMIRE - SAM HACKING
For our very first post in our brand new segment, 'People we admire' we would like to introduce you to Sam Hacking, Zsanett's crazy boho hippie artist friend, who lives currently in Hackney wick.
Sam lives and works in London as a full time artist and is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art.
She describes herself as a multi disciplinary artist, working in landscape painting, creative writing and live art.
SAM runs two events in London, 'The Shag' and 'Cabin'.
'The Shag' has been running once a month as a free creative platform for artists, musicians and writers to showcase their work. In this album you will find some lovely photos from the last Shag at MUXIMA Cafe, to get a better idea about this event.
'Cabin' is a new night dedicated to spoken word. It's held in a small cabin in Sam's beautiful back garden where she accommodates writers from around London.
How did you get into art?
Not to be a total cliche, but I've always wanted to be an artist. I was always drawing, painting and making when I was a kid and it just went from there.
After my A-Levels I completed a 2 year General Art and Design National Diploma followed by another 2 year Higher National Diploma in Fine Art both at Cambridge. I then did a 4 year Bachelor in Fine Art at the Slade School in London. It was an inspiring university for me, which I left with incredible peers.
What is your work about?
Alongside my landscape oil paintings I'm also a performance artist and a writer (fiction and playwriting). My paintings and written work focus on and explore the theme of landscapes and agoraphobia.
Agoraphobia is a two part word of ‘agora' and ‘phobia', with agora being of Greek origin and meaning- ‘To assemble or meet’ and phobia being of British origin and meaning- ‘fear’.
In open rural spaces, I have a great ‘fear’ of ‘meeting’ the land. Anxiety in landscapes and the inability to travel has left me on the shores of England, constantly viewing over familiar pastoral images and horizon lines.
Through my work I deconstruct and strip back these images into places I’ve never been to or seen. Once comfortable and pretty landscapes become dry dead empty stretches, with strange sickening colours and crude perspectives. The idea isn’t to change the image altogether, but to tilt it slightly, to echo a desire always for another place, another landscape I’ve never stepped into.
There is a sense of familiarity and anxiety lurking out in that somewhere point in the work. A haunting and a longing to escape it, a certain psycho-geography of my childhood that holds me back in my adult years. I always visit and draw from the places that I paint, and I always search for that one moment- which could be as simple as a path in the grass leading away to one tree- to echo a continuous feeling of feeling utterly lost to the land
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Where have you exhibited?
I've been involved in various shows and events around London including Ravens Row Gallery, 176 Gallery, Creekside studios, The Yard Theatre, Mol’s Place Gallery, Cass Art Space, Hex gallery, Gallery 223, The Rag Factory and Hampstead Affordable Art Fair. More recently a painting of mine was selected for the Royal Academy Summer exhibition, which was amazing to be a part of.
I also enjoy organising and curating shows both for myself and other artists in unused, challenging or unusual spaces. In 2009 I set up Omnifuss with other artist, which was a partnership that created site specific shows with other artists in odd spaces, from basement flats, car garages, an old prison and a warehouse. Then in 2012 I set up 'The Shag', which is a cross disciplinary night where artists, musicians and poets can experiment in a supportive platform. My most recent venture, set up in August is 'Cabin', which is a night dedicated purely for writers.
What would you say are your influences for your work?
Two of my favourite painters are Turner and George Shaw. Turner is an obvious classic, but his sense of movement, the layering of his paint and his ability to focus on one detail amidst seeming chaos really gets to me. George Shaw is a contemporary stunning landscape painter, whose attention to detail and nostalgic narrative create some truly beautiful works. I'm also very influenced by fiction where the inner emotional world of a character are reflected in the nature around them, in particular authors like Joseph Conrad, Chekov, Clarice Lispector, Flannery O'Connor, Louis de Bernières, Tomas Gonzalez, Hemingway and Mati Unt. Poets like Robert Frost and William Blake have also been instrumental in shaping my work.