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Ann Hamilton was born in 1956 in Lima, Ohio. She trained in textile design at the University of Kansas, and later received an MFA from Yale University. While her degree is in sculpture, textiles and fabric have continued to be an important part of her work, which includes installations, photographs, videos, performances, and objects. For example, following graduation she made "Toothpick Suit"—for which she layered thousands of toothpicks in porcupine fashion along a suit of clothes—that she then wore and photographed.... continue reading Ann Hamilton was born in 1956 in Lima, Ohio.
Mended Spiderweb #19 (Laundry Line) Cibachrome, 30 x 20 inches, 1998 The Mended Spiderweb series The Mended Spiderweb series came about during a six-week period in June and July in 1998 which I spent on Pörtö. In the forest and around the house where I was living, I searched for broken spiderwebs which I repaired using red sewing thread. All of the patches were made by inserting segments one at a time directly into the web. Sometimes the thread was starched, which made it stiffer and easier to work with.
Genealogy of the Supermarket Wall installation, 78 framed photographs on wallpapered wall, approximately 12 x 30 feet, 2005 The Genealogy of the Supermarket interrelates people who appear on common products in the grocery store and organizes them so that they appear to be members of one large family. Playing on the fantasies of lineage and heritage that these products themselves already provoke ("My Italian grandmother made pasta this pasta sauce for me"), the images have been returned to their metaphorical point of origin. Genealogy of the Supermarket C-print, 27 by 48 inches, 2005
Carla and a Friend I C-print, 24 x 24 inches, 2002 While working on Animal Crossdressing , an interesting side project materialized. The pet snake that I was working with had befriended a rat that was initially given to her to eat. They had been cohabitating for weeks at the point when I met them (the snake had eaten other rats, but wouldn't touch this one). The animals were completely comfortable with one another and I produced a series of photographs that documents their interaction.
CARPARK Public art work where thousands of cars were parked by color for half a day, collaboration with Steven Matheson and Mark Tribe, 1994 As part of inSITE'94, I was invited to make a piece at Southwestern College in collaboration with Steven Matheson and Mark Tribe. After many site visits, we ended up interested in the huge moat-like parking lots that ringed the school. The lots were enormous, but they were also peripheral spaces that no one payed much attention to. We decided to propose a project that would utilize this space and make it highly noticeable. For one half day, we proposed to sort all the incoming cars by color into the 14 different parking lots at the school.
Transplant Cibachrome, 8 x 10 inches, 1998 In my father's study in our summer cottage in the Finnish archipelago a certain kind of insect called a Jewelwing always dies in droves over the winter. I find many of their delicate green corpses on the windowsill at the start of each summer. Several of these wings were used to repair a plant whose leaves were the same shape as the insect wings.