Andrea Hamilton AH Studio
SPIRIT ANIMAL

Half Light Heron, 2024. Archival pigment print 63 x 42 in (1600 x 1060 mm) Ed. of 6. Near first light, before the night vanishes into the rising mist, a heron alights at the end of the pier. As if it knows its arrival signals a crowning moment, it lands exactly at the epicentre of the scene, drawing everything else towards it, like the sun.

The impossibility of sadness in the presence of beauty, 2024. Archival pigment print 63 x 42 in (1600 x 1060 mm) Ed. of 6. A pink flamingo stands alone in a sea sky wash of blush to blue, wings resting on the sliver of an horizon. By its very presence, this living thine gives form to nothing. Like a vision, it seems the bird stopped here only to show me the harmony of our miraculous world.

The Persistence of Vision, 2024. Archival pigment print 63 x 42 in (1600 x 1060 mm) Ed. of 6. Always keep something beautiful in your mind; something you can recall when the darkness overwhelms you. If you find it, hold steady your gaze let it make an imprint, deep in your mind's eye, so that it makes a little shelter for your heart to run to.

Mountain Twist, 2024. Archival pigment print 63 x 42 in (1600 x 1060 mm) Ed. of 6. A billy goat stands motionless at the edge of a rock that has cleaved in two. In Sumerian mythology, it was believed that goats belonged to the Marduk, ancient god of magic. Curious and uncanny, wild goats are always on the incline; they perch on the rockface, as if they had wings, and never stop until they get to the top. Keep going.

White Horse II, 2024. Archival pigment print 63 x 42 in (1600 x 1060 mm) Ed. of 6. Only move forwards when you find your pace for you can never know where your journey wil end. Stay alert to the world, ears forward, eves wide, like the wild stallion who knows no limits to his kingdom.

Cresting Gull, 2024. Archival pigment print 63 x 42 in (1600 x 1060 mm) Ed. of 6. They say that love is the seventh wave, so wait. Even when the whole world crashes down around you, this too shall pass. There will come another moment, and another, and eventually all that you have withstood will accumulate into a scale of love.

White Horse III, 2024. Archival pigment print 63 x 42 in (1600 x 1060 mm) Ed. of 6. Find shelter in what was planted long ago and you will learn to grow deep roots.

Swan Dawning, 2024. Archival pigment print 63 x 42 in (1600 x 1060 mm) Ed. of 6. A swan drifts on the still lake, in perfect symmetry with its own reflection. Not a ripple in the water, which soaks up the gentle tones of the morning sky and turns the whole picture to an infinite gradient. We are not brought to life in the image of another, but in upholding the true image of our self.

White Horse V, 2024. Archival pigment print 63 x 42 in (1600 x 1060 mm) Ed. of 6. At the point of vanishing, the scene is complete. In this final hour, a white horse, wild as the river bank, dips his head to quench his thirst in the shallows. His buff mane is reflected in the wispy reeds; or perhaps it is the other way round his pale coat has absorbed the landscape in tone and character. The horse is both an expression of place and the manifestation of its spirit.

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