Painting Place and Memory

The link between vision and memory offers a powerful way of thinking about why painting matters.  For many years I have been fascinated by the way painting brings forward the eternal return: the spaces that remain around  and enfold our human experiences, so transient and ephemeral.  Technological modernity has  fundamentally changed the experience of space and time. Photography and film  have transformed the visual world which now surrounds us with random excess.  But painting has the power to take some of that world back.  In my recent art practice I have moved between the vividness of the brightly coloured world and the sober nostalgia of a monochrome past.

Prawning at the mid-tide
Sketch: Prawning at the mid-tide c. 1932.

On the About page I have described in more detail some of the projects I have been working on, linking painting and photography. I have also been developing a site specifically related to photography for my art practice. Some of these photographs are available on my Image Field site here:  http://annettehamiltonimages.wordpress.com

 

Author: annettehamilton82

After life as an anthropologist, including years of fieldwork in remote Australia and Southeast Asia, I am now working on painting, photography, art and cinema and publishing fiction, memoir and children's stories. I spend most of my time in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney and at a house on the Hawkesbury River, where my family has lived since 1923.

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