Emma Hamilton Angled RegardOpening: Wednesday 6 April, 6-8pm Dates: 6 – 23 April 2016
In the Louvre Museum in Paris you will find rectangles of mirror strategically placed amongst the Egyptian artefacts. Sometimes ingenious, but often futile, these mirrors are positioned to reflect the underside or back of objects. The Egyptian collection of the Louvre is a secondary, ‘double’ collection. The original, brought back to France by Napoleon, was confiscated by the British as spoils of war, and is now on display at the British Museum. The Louvre acquired new objects, and the two collections now act as fraught reflections of each other.
For Angled Regard Emma Hamilton has photographed the mirror fragments in the Louvre on black and white film, attempting to capture the sometimes-peculiar relationship between object and reflection. Just as photography has the power to manipulate and mediate what we see, so too does the language of museum display. Angled Regard is part of an ongoing enquiry into such devices within the wider context of the artist’s practice, negotiating between image and object.
An extension of this project, Mirroring, will be on display at the White Street Light Boxes in Frankston City Council from 1st April to 17th July.
Emma Hamilton is a Melbourne-based artist who has a keen interest in the materiality of the photograph. Oscillating between sculpture and photography, her practice grapples with the intersection between these mediums, bringing photography into sculptural space as well as placing sculptural objects into the space of the photograph.
Emma has exhibited widely in Melbourne, as well as presenting her work in Sydney, Perth, Launceston, Mildura and Nantes (France). In 2014 she was awarded a three-month residency in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts by the Australia Council for the Arts. Emma completed a Masters of Fine Art by Research at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013.