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Inga Hamilton; an installation artist living an adventurous life.

Biography

I am an international installation artist. I use traditional craft techniques with unusual materials to create installations and sculptures that take from 3 months to a year to make.
My work can be found in the US Library of Congress amongst other collections.
www.ingahamilton.com

Embracing low-fi equipment that I often build myself,I pare back the nonsense and dive into my sculptures. Nothing is impossible. Travelling the world, seeking out like-minded craftspeople willing to teach me their traditions, I take what I learn and apply it to the materials I find around me at the time. Many of my sculptures are transient, natural forms, left in woodland settings for animals to inhabit and the elements to reclaim.


STATEMENT
It’s the easiest thing in the World to create art that shocks, but I want to touch your heart. I want time to stop as you become lost in the intricacy of my work. I want you to be seized with a childlike desire to be enveloped in its texture. If I can achieve this in just the tiniest way, I’m a happy woman.

“I use beauty to suck people in, then sock ’em in the shins with my message.”


Inga Hamilton History of Artistic Practice
Sculptures & installations created using traditional craft techniques in non-traditional materials.
www.ingahamilton.com

May 2013. Gateway Arts, Mount Rainier, Maryland, USA
The Art and Craft Of Beer. Winner of the Judges Award for my hand-crafted drinking horns, now residing in the Library of Congress, Washington DC.

Sept – Dec 2012. Flux Studios, Red Dirt Studios, Mount Rainier, Maryland, USA
Custom-built, 3-month residency. 3 months cross-pollinating my ceramic and sculptural installation disciplines with earth, glass and metal in a dual-facility residency just outside Washington DC.

May - August 2012. The Ark, Dublin, Ireland
Awakening Curiosity - Nest Freaks. An enormous 30ft installation of nesting bird sculptures for this children’s cultural centre’s science event.

March – May 2012. R Space, Lisburn. NI
Elemental Birds. A show of my creating. Returning the exhibition to Northern Ireland. Creating a new installation for the space including over 50 international artists.

March 2012. Science Gallery, Trinity, Dublin, IRE.
Trust Me, I’m An Artist. I was on the ethics committee panel for this filmed, live discussion event. Artist Anna Dumitriu will pitch her bio lab installation to myself and 3 prominent scientists and we will decide it’s ethical viability.

February - May 2012. Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, IRE.
Shadows Grow for Dubh. ‘A dialogue in black’ between leading Irish and American artists & craftspeople.
Large multi-disciplined installation to sit beside a Sasha Kagan chair. Textiles, ceramics and discarded material.

October 2011. St Lawrence University, Canton, NY. USA
Artist in Residence for 1 month. Created and curated Elemental Birds. An experimental exhibition to see if artists can physically embody feelings of peace and goodwill in their artwork and tangibly affect the showing environment. Show included a large ceramic and textile installation by myself. 20 of my 30 pieces sold.

October - Dec 2011. American Irish Historical Society, NYC. USA
Shadows Grow for Dubh. ‘A dialogue in black’ between leading Irish and American artists & craftspeople showing in this prestigious 5th Avenue address.
Large multi-disciplined installation to sit under the Society’s Steinway piano. Textiles, ceramics and discarded material.


September 2011. Pyramid Atlantic Silver Spring, MD. USA
Visiting Artist. Exploring papermaking and paper sculpture.

May 2011. QR-3D. Cornerhouse, Manchester. UK & Waterfront Hall, Belfast. NI.
Marital Code. Screenprinted and upholstered velvet with vintage haberdashery. Applying QR code technology to textiles.

April 2011. Turnpike Gallery. Leigh. UK
Expansion of My Soul. Creating a site-specific gallery performance installation exploring light and shade in textile whilst observed by the public.

March 2011 - ongoing. Trinity. Dublin, Ireland.
Stretched String Theory. Working with physicist Dr Stefan Hutzler to prove groundbreaking mathematical theories using textiles.

February 2011. The Ark, Dublin, Ireland
Crafted Creatures. An installation of jellyfish and underwater creature sculptures for this children’s cultural centre.

January 2011. FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge. Northern Ireland.
Print in 3D. Monkey Spawn. An enormous installation landscape of crocheted and printed fungi with a hand-made, hanging paper sculpture.

November 2010. Shiplake College. Henley-on-Thames, UK.
Artist in residence. Building composite images using found printed materials.

October - November 2010. Alternative Ink Tattoos. Holywood, Northern Ireland.
Live Paint. Creating ‘Fly Free’ in front of the public.

June 2010. Duke of Abercorn’s Estate, Baron’s Court, Newtownstewart, Northern Ireland.
Prince’s Trust event. Built a C12th spinning wheel with found materials.

June 2010. Ulster Festival of Art and Design. University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Funny Bones and Cross Bones. Workshop teaching students to explore their 2D or 3D brain.

April 2009. International Fibre Collaborative
Annual grant judge.

April 2010. Mathematics ‘Textures’ conference, Riga, Latvia.
The Collapse of Infinite Joy. Crocheted sculpture to accompany lectures by renowned mathematician, Dr Daina Taimina.

March 2010. Alternative Ink Tattoos. Holywood, NI.
Shock & Awwwwww! Exploring human interactions and the feminisation of surgical steel.

December-January 2010. Oak Hammock Farm, Wesley Chapel, FL, USA.
Artist in residence. Exploring sculptural, weaving, spinning & fibre techniques.

November 2009. Pyramid Atlantic. Silver Spring, MD. USA
Artists in residence. Exploring 3D papermaking and sculptural techniques, bookbinding and printmaking.

October 2009. Twisted, Portland, OR, USA.
Twisted Halloween. Setting the World Record for using the largest crochet hook!

October 2009. St Lawrence University, Canton, NY, USA.
Artist in residence. Neolithic weaving, fibre activism & outdoor installations. Bookbinding, printmaking and woodland pop-up galleries.

September 2009. Alternative Village Fete, Southbank, London, UK. & Jelly, Town Centre, Reading, UK.
Let Me Ease Your Day intervention. Reconnecting people with textiles to gift on in random acts of kindness.

August/September 2009. Shiplake College. Henley-on-Thames, UK.
Artist in residence. Building neolithic looms and C12th spinning wheels with found materials. Moss graffiti, decaying art, natural letterforms, bone wrapping.

July 2009. Royal Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK.
Underground Overground. Exhibited Giant Monster soft sculpture.
Let Me Ease Your Day intervention. Reconnecting people with textiles to gift on in random acts of kindness.

June 2009. Rome, Italy.
Crack! Festival. Transforming an ancient fort prison cell with graffiti-inspired textiles.

June 2009. Coventry, UK.
Ravelry Day. Live sculpture. Arm Crocheting furniture.

May 2009. Dive Show, Birmingham, UK.
Marine Conservation Society. Jellyfish Smack sculpture

May 2009. Wonderwool Wales, Builth, Wales, UK.
‘Pink Reef’ exhibit with Prudence Mapstone.

April 2009. International Fibre Collaborative
Annual grant judge.

February 2009. Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, UK.
UK DIY. Live sculpture. Arm crocheting a Giant Bacteria in front of the UK Culture Minister. Micropower. Crocheted micro-organism installations with Ildiko Szabo.

November 2008. Alexander McQueen. Gucci.
Gucci commissioned bespoke yarns for Alexander McQueen's autumn collection.

September 2008. Clarence House, London, UK.
Prince Charles’ Marine Conservation Society 25th Anniversary Party. Jellyfish Smack sculpture

August 2008. Pom Pom International Tour, Northern Ireland.
Pom Poms for Peace. Bringing communities together through fibre interventions with Amy Lamé.

August 2008- May 2009. ICHF, touring, UK
Re-use, recycle. Large underwater installation. Great White Reef, Jellyfish Smack & plastic forms.

June 2008. Hayward Gallery, Southbank, London, UK.
The Hyperbolic Crocheted Coral reef. Pink Reef, Green Reef & Spawning Wall sculptures.

June 2008. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London, UK.
The Art and Craft of Saving the World symposium. Created a Giant Jellyfish sculpture on stage to engage the world's leading mathematicians and scientists with craft.

September-December 2008. Memorial Art Gallery, Yale College, Wrexham.
Sustainable/Recycled. Great White Reef sculpture & Recycled Plastic Reef Dwellers.

April 2008. World Financial Centre, New York, NY, USA.
The Hyperbolic Crocheted Coral reef. Enormous Jellyfish Smack & Recycled Plastic Reef Dwellers.

December 2007. Across UK.
LUSH Christmas windows. Joy Tree recycled-plastic bottle sculptures commissioned for top 12 stores.

October 2007. Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago, IL. USA
The Hyperbolic Crocheted Coral reef. Pink Reef, Green Reef & Spawning Wall sculptures.

Interests

Laughing out loud; lots. Making life an adventure. Anything creative. Being outdoors when it's sunny. Being indoors when it's raining. Sharing life's wonderful detail.