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
Artist Style: Visual: Interactive, Site-Specific
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