Donna Hapac


DONNA HAPAC lives and works in Chicago. Her open-weave structures create grids of lines that define her sculptures. They are, essentially, containers of space and three-dimensional drawings.

After exhibiting paintings and works on paper for a number of years, Hapac discovered contemporary basketry in the late 1980s, while working at the Textile Art Centre in Chicago (since closed). Over time, she created her own working methods to build sculptural forms using primarily reed and waxed linen thread. Her approach is experimental and intuitive.

Using a simple knotting technique to hold together her gridded forms, Hapac leaves the thread ends loose to create bristling lines as counterpoint to the regularity of the grid structure.

 My sculptures are, essentially, containers of space and three-dimensional drawings. Donna Hapac

Her artistic goal is to suggest the biological patterns and organic forms of the natural world in repetitive, yet variable systems. The relaxed, slouching forms elicit the relentless ebb and flow of natural cycles.

Hapac’s work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe.   She has work in the collection of the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, in addition to several private collections. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University.

Website: Donna Hapac