Ann Hamilton created portraits of more then 500 local volunteers during three residencies in Austin. Her photographs were taken through a semi-opaque membrane that focuses each point where the body makes contact, extending a tactile experience into a visual form. Landmarks commissioned the project as a public art project for the Dell Medical School, where full-sized renderings will be on long-term display. Hamilton’s exhibition at the VAC includes smaller panels and working studies, as well as a 900-page book available to the public for free.
Ann Hamilton was born in Lima, Ohio, in 1956. She received a BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979 and an MFA in sculpture from the Yale School of Art in 1985. Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multimedia installations. Using time as process and material, her methods serve as an invocation of place, of collective voice, of communities past and of labor present. Her ephemeral environments create immersive experiences that poetically respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites.