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Ann Hamilton in "Spirituality"

Whether working with sculpture, textiles, film, and sound, or even her unique mouth-operated pinhole cameras, Ann Hamilton finds all her art to be about a “very fundamental act of making.” “When I’m making work,” she says, “there’s a point where I can’t see it. And then there’s that moment where you can see it—it’s like it bites you—and you think it might be beautiful.”

Filmed on location in Lexington, Virginia, where she is in the process of a new installation ghost: a border act, the segment travels with Hamilton to her home in Columbus, Ohio, where she is shown experimenting with bubbles that stretch from floor to ceiling.

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Ann Hamilton

Ann Hamilton’s sensual installations often combine evocative soundtracks with cloth, filmed footage, organic material, and objects such as tables. She is as interested in verbal and written language as she is in the visual, and sees the two as related and interchangeable. In recent work, she has experimented with exchanging one sense organ for another: the mouth and fingers, for example, become like an eye, with the addition of miniature pinhole cameras.

“Part of making work is to allow those things perhaps that are always already there but not visible to us. And try to make them visible in a way that they’re experienceable.”

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“ghost: a border act”

Artist Ann Hamilton discusses her personal definition of “installation art,” as well as her 2000 installation ghost…a border act.

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