Siobhán Hapaska

Belfast, Ireland
1963

Siobhán Hapaska was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1963. She lives and works in London. Siobhán Hapaska continually reconsiders the role of the object in contemporary sculpture. At the core of Hapaska’s work is a consideration of human relations. Accepting all the difficulties of our current global condition and its often-violent opposing forces and conflicting ideologies, her work strives to find a position of balance and a sense of equilibrium. Hapaska goes about this with a dazzling array of materials, each loaded with history and multiple readings. These materials are persuaded into complex relationships of both potential energy and harmony. Often enigmatic in form, each work or installation betrays a sober exploration of emotion that is undercut with a sense of humour and always devoid of cynicism or pessimism.

Forthcoming exhibitions include Kunst Museum, St Gallen, Switzerland (solo show February 2020);
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (solo show 2020); Shadowplay, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
(group show July 2019). Recent exhibitions include Siobhán Hapaska, John Hansard Gallery,
University of Southampton, UK (solo show 2019); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, (Group show 2018);
Siobhán Hapaska, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, (Solo Show); Siobhán Hapaska, Andéhn-
Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden (solo show); (Both 2016); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen,
Rotterdam, South Holland, (2014–15); Magasin III, Stockholm, Sweden (2013); The Nose that Lost its Dog, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA (2010) and Camden Arts Centre, London, UK, (2007).
Further group exhibitions include White Cube Bermondsey, London, UK; The Hepworth Wakefield,
UK (2017); Bloomberg SPACE, London, UK, (2016); Azerbaijan Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy,
(2015); Royal Academy, London, UK, (2010); the British Art Show 6 (2005–06); the Irish Pavilion,
49th Venice Biennale (2001); Magasin 3, Stockholm and Documenta X (1997). Hapaska’s 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.