Andrea Hamilton AH Studio
Tidal Resonance

The rough sea,
Extending toward Sado Isle,
The Milky Way.
―Haiku poem by Matsuo Bashō

Tidal Resonance No. 1 - 2012 - Inkjet print - 34.6 x 43.3 in. (88 x 110 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 2 - 2012 - Inkjet print - 34.6 x 43.3 in. (88 x 110 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 3 - 2012 - Inkjet print - 34.6 x 43.3 in. (88 x 110 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 4 - 2012 - Inkjet print - 34.6 x 43.3 in. (88 x 110 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 5 - 2012 - Inkjet print - 34.6 x 43.3 in. (88 x 110 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 6 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 47.2 x 59 in. (120 x 150 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 7 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 54.3 x 68.5 in. (138 x 174 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 8 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 54.3 x 68.5 in. (138 x 174 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 9 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 54.3 x 68.5 in. (138 x 174 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 10 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 31.4 x 39.3 in. (80 x 100 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 14 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 47.2 x 59 in. (120 x 150 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 15 - 2014 - Inkjet print - 31.4 x 39.3 in. (80 x 100 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 16 - 2014 - Inkjet print - 31.4 x 39.3 in. (80 x 100 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 17 - 2014 - Inkjet print - 57.8 x 72.4 in. (147 x 184 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 18 - 2014 - Inkjet print - 31.4 x 39.3 in. (80 x 100 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 19 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 34.6 x 43.3 in. (88 x 110 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 20 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 34.6 x 43.3 in. (88 x 110 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 21 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 31.4 x 39.3 in. (80 x 100 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 25 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 39.3 x 47.2 in. (100 x 120 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 26 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 39.3 x 47.2 in. (100 x 120 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 27 - 2014 - Inkjet print - 47.2 x 59 in. (120 x 150 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 28 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 47.2 x 59 in. (120 x 150 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 33 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 47.2 x 59 in. (120 x 150 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 34 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 54.3 x 68.5 in. (138 x 174 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 35 - 2013- Inkjet print - 31.4 x 39.3 in. (80 x 100 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance No. 36 - 2013 - Inkjet print - 34.6 x 43.3 in. (88 x 110 cm) - Edition of 6

Tidal Resonance

The rough sea,
Extending toward Sado Isle,
The Milky Way.
―Haiku poem by Matsuo Bashō

Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a cutting word (kireji) between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separations and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related. In Modern Japanese haiku there is a common perception that the images juxtaposed must directly observe everyday objects or occurrences. Matsuo Bashō was one of the masters who gave this kind of poetry a new popularity in the 17th century. In 1689 he started a journey that represented the peak of his career as a writer. He travelled to the Pacific coast and admired the scenic beauty of Mutsushima. He also witnessed the island of Sado in the distance and wrote one of his most celebrated poems (above).

Seascapes have always had a strong presence in Japanese culture as a form and intellectual construct. In addition, haiku poems had the power to provoke images, impression or traces in the reader’s minds. In other words they transformed a short sentence into an imaginary photograph. In this body of work I’m approaching the subject from this perspective. I would like to talk about the echoes, natural sounds and languages of the ocean. Roland Barthes describes haiku in his book Empire of Sign as a syllogism, which means, rise, suspense and conclusion. Tidal Resonance shows a series of seascapes in which waves are the main subject. I like to think about the movement of the waves the same way Barthes describes these well known Japanese poems. The waves in my photographs are also poetical representations of the rise, suspense and conclusion of the deep resonance of the sea.

Exhibitions

Water Works at Delahunty
A selection of Water Works’ prints and light boxes.

From 8 October 2014
78 Newman St
W1T 3EP London

See exhibition here

Publications

Water Works
Andrea Hamilton Exhibition Catalogue

Authors: Rabih Hage, Anthony Downey, Ben Eastham, Jay McCauley Bowstead and Laura Valles.
This catalogue is published on the occasion of the exhibition Water Works at Delahunty, London.

See publication here

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