Andrea Hasler – Sculpture Commission for Greenham Common
Every two years the New Greenham Arts gallery opens its doors to emerging and established artists. The 2012 Greenham Common Open exhibition saw sixteen artists exhibit work exploring the history of the New Greenham Arts Gallery and its location – the de-commissioned American nuclear airbase at Greenham Common. Andrea Hasler and Pam Hardman were selected as winners by curator Mark Segal (previsously Director of ArtSway and now theartists agency), Sally Haynes (local artist) and Pat Eastop (Director of the West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios Scheme).
“For the New Greenham Arts exhibition, I have created a new sculptural body of work that takes Greenham Common’s history as a starting point, particularly the Women’s Peace Camp with its tents situated on the site during this time” explains Andrea Hasler. “This new work also takes into account the historical perspective, as well as entwines with the recreational aspect of how Greenham Common as a site, is being used now, as well as New Greenham Arts gallery being located in the former American Army’s entertainment quarter. Metaphorically I am taking the notion of the tents which were on site during the Women’s Peace Camp, as the container for emotions and ‘humanise’ these elements to create emotional surfaces.”
Hasler has taken the approach she used in her prize winning work, Irreducible Complexity/Dual Act, and applied it to new works in this exhibition, two life size tent’s and three new ‘figures’. Hasler has taken the intestine modelling used for Irreducible Complexity/Dual Act and applied this approach of exploded or exposed wax figures to a pair of tents, creatively exploring the consequences of a nuclear explosion, while retaining the notion of container, nurturing the concerns of the peace camps.