Paula Hart is a high calibre Perth based visual artist. Her practice has embraced public art, community murals, theatre commissions, festivals, and artist-in-residencies both in and outside of Australia. Paula enjoys exploring stories of people, community, place and identity, with a driving commitment to create art employing processes of community participation to create artworks that build a sense of identity and will inspire & delight the community.
The Shire of Broome commissioned Paula Hart and Broome local Chris Maher, to collaborate on the 9 Zeros – 9 Stories project which saw them create a series of sculptural pieces. The work aims to reveal the many perspectives of the Japanese attack on Broome, on 3 March 1942. It stands as a silent legacy to those who lost their lives, and the impact on this remote Australian community. Chris Maher gathered stories and yarns from behind the event from the local and wider community, whilst Paula explored photos and stories of Dutch, Japanese, Indigenous, military, white Australian and American people impacted by the events of that fateful day. The vision for the artists’ was to create nine Aluminium figures, each with a collection of historical and personal vignettes laser-cut into their bodies.
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