Since the 1980s Ann Hamilton has created more than 60 installations combining sculpture, architecture, video, the spoken and written word, and human presence. Preparation for her site-specific installations includes in-depth library research, interviews with community members, and often the participation of numerous volunteers.
Hamilton's complex artworks dramatize the erasure of knowledge through the passage of time, often through seemingly irrational but highly expressive accumulations of inanimate objects. The live human element in the installations not only challenges the status of the art object as a discrete, unliving thing, but also brings the installation's historical concerns into the present.
Hamilton studied textile design at the University of Kansas and sculpture at Yale; she currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio.
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