Most of my youth was spent hiding: early on in closets and under the bed, later in the woods by the creek. It was safer there. When I discovered that clothing could be used as disguise, I hid behind the facade of fashion. Upon returning to the academy after years of professional life, I stumbled upon the notion that clothing can serve as a masquerade that simultaneously conceals and reveals. From then on I have felt compelled to explore the slippery realm of clothing codes. My work investigates
Whether using performance, installation, objects in the round, or traditional modes often labeled “women’s work,” Hardy considers herself primarily a sculptor, selecting methods and materials that best illustrate the issues she explores.
MFA in Visual Art and Civic Life, Herron School of Art and Design. 2008-2010.
Sculpture Fellowship, Founding member, Zionsville Arts Initiative, 2007-present. Honors Fellowship, art history symposium presentation of paper, The State of the Dress. 2006.
McNeil Grant for overseas research, Paris, L
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