Donna Hapac is a Chicago based artist. She holds a BFA in painting from from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and an MFA in Drawing from Northern Illinois University. She creates sculptural work using natural materials to weave open structures that are inspired by nature. Her forms function like drawings in space and cast complex shadows on walls and floors.
While managing Chicago’s former Textile Art Center she became fascinated with this unfamiliar medium and its creative possibilities. She began to work with reed and cane and slowly found her way. Early in her evolution, Donna saw a chart of ocean currents fashioned from plant materials by Polynesian fishermen on display at the Field Museum of Natural History. Some of her early efforts in reed resembled this chart, but she soon leapt from two dimensions to three. Today, her fundamental technique of bending and tying reed is derived from this chart, but she has advanced beyond it to create fully sculptural forms.
Donna’s exhibitions include the Willis Tower Sculpture Exhibition in Chicago, January through April 2014. Currently, three of her sculptures are in “Fragile Relations: Art + Nature + Environment,” a multi-year (2012-2015) touring exhibit of Illinois artists, organized and sponsored by the Illinois State Museum. In 2004, one of her sculptures was in the 11th International Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland.
Prairie Smoke (revisited), 2013
Reed, cedar, waxed linen, wire
27″ x 24″ x 16″