Sarah Hardacre’s hometown of Salford, England is the foundation for her unique artwork. Sarah uses collage to depict sensual and glamorous women in drab, housing development settings. Her images are sourced from local history archives and old fashioned ‘gentlemen’s magazines’.
The results reflect a unique notion of public and private space as Sarah brings together the starkly contrasting images of feminine beauty with urban housing developments. She is particularly focused on highlighting the contradiction between the generic living of a government housing complex, that has little room for community input, against the inability of authorities to control residents’ private actions.
Sarah has extensively researched Salford’s radical social history where street protests, the suffragette movement and political activists have all played their part in shaping the community. These images are core to her collage and silkscreen work where Sarah questions the 60’s zeal of building public housing with ‘convenient’ appliances that, “effectively ripped the heart out of the community.”
The central theme of Sarah Hardacre’s work is her “personal questioning of the roles of women within this new futuristic world of the home.” Her bold imagery of phallic Salford skylines is contrasted with sensual women’s bodies of the 60’s, also notably highlighting the nostalgia of a woman’s body before mass spray tanning, primping and posing became the norm.
Sarah’s work is featured in numerous international private collections as well as The British Museum and The British Council.