Helena Hamilton is an artist who works both visually and sonically. Her practice is informed by inquisitive exploration of interaction, reconciliation and negotiation between subject, object and environment. Themes of the everyday, simplicity and repetition are consistent throughout her works in a variety of media including sound, installation, drawing, interactive digital and performance.
Hamilton seeks to explore the natural limitations of the body and objects as a means to structure both sonic and visual effects in her work. Presence, phenomenological being and the relations between self and the world is the works subject matter. By setting limitations and constraints, her aim is to excavate and illuminate the raw essence of materials as we experience them. Performativity and embodied action are paramount to her process.
Often austere in aesthetic and concept, Hamilton’s work seeks authenticity in her negotiations between the subject, object and environment through methodical and uncompromising simplicity. This reveals itself through effects of liveness and interactivity in both sound and visual pieces. She uses methods of repetition as a means to materialise variable and idiosyncratic effects, which bring a naturalness and fragility to her work.
Helena Hamilton (b. 1986, N. Ireland) lives and works in Belfast. She received MA in Sonic Arts from SARC, Queen’s University Belfast (2014) and holds a BA Honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster (2009). Helena is based at Flax Studios Belfast and is represented by The Agency Gallery, London. She has exhibited and performed in both gallery spaces and contemporary music/sound festivals across UK & Ireland as well as Berlin, Rome, Tokyo and New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: Order, Effect, Art Centre Ongoing, Tokyo, Japan (2016); The Weight Of My Soul Keeps Ringing In My Ears ,The Golden Thread Gallery Project Space, Belfast, NI. (2013); Untitled (Hope), Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast, NI (2013). Recent group exhibitions include: The Headless City, TULCA, Galway, Ireland (2016); The Making, The Agency Gallery, London, England (2015/16); Sonorities festival of Contemporary Music, Goldsmiths University of London, England (2015); Reassemble for Purpose, Platform Arts Gallery, Belfast, NI (2015); reKOLLEKT, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2012); Celeste Prize Finalist Show, The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, New York (2010). Recent artist residencies include: Art Centre Ongoing, Tokyo, Japan, 2 months (2016); Goldsmiths University of London within the Embodied Audiovisual Interaction Group, 3 months (2015).