Paths for Navigation: Double Light

Dolls House Gallery, Melbourne
November, 2016
Curated by Sophia Cai

Maps, borders, and lines of latitude and longitude are human constructions created to give us a sense of understanding, ownership and control over the landscape. However, when we enter the landscape these lines of demarcation and navigation lose their meaning.

Double light by artist Emma Hamilton seeks to materialise the notion of visual navigation based on lived experience in the landscape. In visual navigation we find our way through the relative position of landmarks, relying on the overlap of mountains, islands and houses in our lines of sight to locate our position.

For her solo exhibition at the Dolls House, Hamilton has created a double exposure photograph in the island landscape of Fleinvær Norway, the location where she was first introduced to the idea of navigating through sight lines. Here we are at once located and dislocated: placed into an unfamiliar landscape with two horizon lines to guide us.

This work continues Hamilton’s ongoing investigations into photography’s ability to make space, crossing the boundaries between object and image. She is interested in working at the intersection of sculpture and photography, by bringing photography into sculptural space as well as placing sculptural objects into the space of the photograph. Her work probes the disparities between the observed and the recorded: the camera’s view comparative to our experiential, visual observations.

Emma Hamilton, Paths for Navigation, 2016. 

Emma Hamilton, Paths for Navigation, 2016. 

Emma Hamilton, Paths for Navigation, 2016. 

At the Equinox (finding an Arctic Circle)

Firstdraft, Sydney
October, 2016

Click here to view the catalogue essay by Kathleen Linn

Emma Hamilton, At the Equinox, 2015-16. Image courtesy of Zan Wimberley.

Emma Hamilton, At the Equinox, detail, 2015-16. Image courtesy of Zan Wimberley.

Emma Hamilton, At the Equinox, detail, 2015-16. Image courtesy of Zan Wimberley.

Emma Hamilton, At the Equinox, detail, 2015-16. Image courtesy of Zan Wimberley.

Mirroring

White Street Light Boxes, Frankston City Council
April - July, 2016


Emma Hamilton, Mirroring, 2014-16.

Emma Hamilton, Mirroring, 2014-16.

Angled Regard

Bus Projects, Melbourne
April, 2016


Emma Hamilton, Angled Regard, 2014-16. Image courtesy of Christian Capurro.

Emma Hamilton, Angled Regard, 2014-16. Image courtesy of Christian Capurro.

Emma Hamilton, Angled Regard, detail, 2014-16. Image courtesy of Christian Capurro.

Emma Hamilton, Angled Regard, detail, 2014-16. Image courtesy of Christian Capurro.

Emma Hamilton, Angled Regard, detail, 2014-16. Image courtesy of Christian Capurro.

Emma Hamilton, Angled Regard, detail, 2014-16. Image courtesy of Christian Capurro.

At the Equinox


Success Art Space, Fremantle
February, 2016

At the Equinox explores our markers of perception within landscape, using the Arctic Circle and the equinox as two perceptual indicators of space and time.

The Arctic Circle is a border defined by our perception of the sun. While it is depicted definitively on a map, on the ground this line becomes uncertain. The equinox is the fleeting tipping point between the extremes of light and dark of the summer and winter solstices. Two figures attempt to configure a line across the landscape by ‘trapping’ a precarious space between a camera and its reflection in a mirror.


Emma Hamilton, At the Equinox, detail, 2015-16. Image courtesy of Guy Louden.

Emma Hamilton, At the Equinox, installation view, 2015-16. Image courtesy of Guy Louden.

Emma Hamilton, At the Equinox, detail, 2015-16. Image courtesy of Guy Louden.

Emma Hamilton, Equinox Sun Spot I-VII, 2015-16. Image courtesy of Guy Louden.

Emma Hamilton, Equinox Sun (23rd September, 10:20am), 2015-16. Image courtesy of Guy Louden.

Emma Hamilton, Equinox Sun (23rd September, 10:20am), 2015-16. Image courtesy of Guy Louden.

Emma Hamilton, At the Equinox, detail, 2015-16. Image courtesy of Guy Louden.

Specific Gravity


Moana Project Space, Perth
June, 2015

Andrew and David Wood (WA), Emma Hamilton (VIC), Lisa Sammut (NSW), Oliver Hull (WA), Saskia Doherty (VIC), and Simon Finn (VIC)

Curated by Guy Louden


Emma Hamilton, Salt Suspension (photogram), digital scan of a hand printed photogram, installation view, 2015. 

Emma Hamilton, Salt Suspension (photogram), digital scan of a hand printed photogram, 2015.

Continuous Column / Endless Film

Seventh ARI, Melbourne
May, 2015


Emma Hamilton, Continuous Column / Endless Film, 2015. Image Courtesy of Christo Crocker.

Emma Hamilton, Continuous Column / Endless Film (detail), 2015. Image Courtesy of Christo Crocker.

Emma Hamilton, Continuous Column / Endless Film (detail), 2015. Image Courtesy of Christo Crocker.

Emma Hamilton, Continuous Column / Endless Film, 2015. Image Courtesy of Christo Crocker.

Emma Hamilton, Continuous Column / Endless Film, 2015.