Emma Hamilton is a Melbourne-based artist who has a keen interest in the materiality of the photograph. Oscillating between sculpture and photography, Emma’s practice operates at the intersection between these mediums. She brings photography into sculptural space as well as placing sculptural objects into photographic space. Often working with landscape, she engages a direct physical relationship between the site and making process of the work. In seeking new landscapes with which to work it has become apparent that the action of self-displacement is integral to her practice.
Emma is interested in the disparities between the observed and the recorded: the camera’s view of the landscape comparative to our experiential, visual observations. Within her practice, light becomes a bridging material between image and object. Linking many of her works is the notion of haptic visuality, or visual touching. Light is the material that transports our gaze, and while it is immaterial, its presence can be recorded through light-sensitive materials or used as a production material of her work.
Emma has an active interest in responding to varied locations and landscapes, having made and/or exhibited work in France, Norway, Romania, New Zealand, as well as metropolitan and regional Australia.
WORK WITH METRO ARTS //
2017 Exhibition Program / By Way of Navigation