Line to Plane
Time is the longest distance between two places. This body of work analyses the idea of abstraction in relation to the unreachable horizon. The images are divided in two halves by a line, which also synthesizes the frame’s two sections. Sky and sea are reduced to the photographic surface as if they were a painting on a canvas where colours and forms are the main characters.
This series opens up a dialectic between illusion and abstraction, fiction and truth. In other words, the horizontal line serves as an organizational principle for the composition, a means of arranging various coloured surfaces, but at the same time, it enacts a separation between the earth and the sky that is based on visual perception but does not exist. These fictional boundaries represent the geometrical formulas that are used to calculate the distance to the horizon from the Earth.
Geometry, light and colour are the elements that emerge from this massive subject which allow a study of how abstraction or subtraction can construct new ways of seeing the sea. This series of photographs follows a pattern. Hamilton decided to use repetition ―in this particular case by using the same square frame― in order to start looking at the sea in a different way. No matter where she goes it is the same subject and it is endless. The artist has the same elements, these are, the water and the sky. Travelling by sea has always implied and represented a desire for knowledge, along with the possibility for escape, exploration and often exploitation. The sea understood as an emancipatory myth. It has been only by repetition Hamilton discovered the visual potential of infinity.