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Paper Girl talk of the town

A new art installation in Hobart’s CBD is offering a striking interpretation of university study.

Paper Girl is a 3.2m high-gowned figure located in the foyer of the new Melville Street apartments in Hobart.

A notable installation by day, the figure commands attention at night with professional lighting creating quite a talking point for passers-by at the intersection of Melville and Elizabeth streets.

“I have had so many people contact me to say how much they love it,” artist and Bachelor of Fine Art (2016) graduate Emma Horswill said.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for me as an artist to have such prominent Hobart street-front position for my work.”

Emma created the piece from thousands of recycled and discarded sheets of paper including thesis drafts, lecture notes, essays and unit outlines sourced from the University’s campuses across the State.

The sheets were then all hand-cut into strips and meticulously combined onto the metal frames.

“I was inspired by the intense exchange of information you experience when studying,” she said.

“The work explores both the receiving and imparting of knowledge.”

Taking her first inspiration from a single sheet of white A4 paper, the work extends up into the foyer’s vast space with large abstracted A4 shapes suspended up to six metres high.

“I wanted to capture a sense of the energy you invest while undertaking a degree," she said.

Emma is currently a member of the client services team in the University’s Art library.

She has designed a number of installations at the University, some of which were supported by the ‘Off the Wall’ Art project, an initiative that provides University of Tasmania undergraduate and postgraduate students with the opportunity to design and deliver site-specific art commissions. 

“I’m very appreciative to the University for supporting and encouraging art and local artists around their campuses,” Emma said.

Published on: 19 Jan 2018 11:47am