Ann Hamilton (American, born 1956)
1999-2001. Oil on canvas, 47 x 34". 2001.028.001
Ann Hamilton has a long history of using herself and the human figure generally in her art as a means of exploring perceptual awareness. This series of inkjet prints grew out of the installation that Hamilton created when she represented the United States at the Venice Biennale of 1999. For that project, she built a textured glass wall in front of the American pavilion, making the pavilion look as if it were reflected in water. For this series, Hamilton had herself photographed reflected in the stacks of glass before they were used for the wall, every five minutes over the course of an hour, beginning at noon. The twelve digitally produced prints that resulted are “reflective” of the watery environment in which they were created.