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Ann Hamilton, b.1956

Filament II1996

Ann Hamilton’s work is primarily installation and site-based work which engages with the architecture of a particular site. Her works combine sound, text, video, photography, books and large quantities of collected materials such as used clothing. Her works are often time-based and process orientated.

In ‘Filament II’ a silk organza curtain, which has been distressed by the artist, is installed hanging from a motorised circular rail in the centre of a square room. It is a sculpture with blurred boundaries and mutable volume and form, creating at once a public and private space. The spinning curtain envelopes you but is transparent, so a shadowy silhouette is still visible to others standing outside. The presence or absence of people change perceptions and experience of the work, and in this regard it is interactive and participatory.
Hamilton has said of her installations: ‘These are all situations which implicate you as an active participant’.

MediumOrganza fabric, steel mount with electronic controller
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2002
Item NumberIMMA.1497
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Ann Hamilton, Filament II, 1996, Organza fabric, steel mount with electronic controller, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2002

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Ann Hamilton b.1956

American artist Ann Hamilton studied at the University of Kansas and Yale School of Art. Hamilton's site-based installation works often combine sound, text, video, photography, books and collected materials. Her practice is time-based and process orientated, and engages with the way bodies of knowledge are generated, contained, perceived and absorbed. Hamilton has exhibited worldwide, including a large solo exhibition at IMMA in 2002. She represented America at the Venice Biennale in 1999.

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