Ann Hamilton has become one of the most influential artists for me. Not only was she born in my favorite state and lives there now, but she works mainly with textiles and fabrics and she appeals to my love of color, sound, and tactile value. One of her works that has influenced me is her collection of installation pieces titled “ciliary”; made of bamboo, paper, and fabric. Each circle begins as a long sheet of paper, is lithographically printed with lines drawn by the artist, folded fan-style, and then formed into a circle. The center of the circle has a cluster of fabric, with each of the nineteen pieces varying in color combinations. I also found it interesting to learn that the word “ciliary” is a medical term and refers to the muscles around the iris in the eye that relax and contract to control the amount of light exposure in the eye. The series just left the Gemini G.E.L at Joni Moisant Weyl on October 22nd, and will make its debut at the IFPDA Print Fair in New York this November!
Photo courtesy of Gemini G.E.L., 2010