This site began as a personal exploration complementing my formal study and practice in visual arts. I have always been a writer – writing for a living as an academic for many years – but I have been engaged with the visual world, especially art, photography and movies, just as deeply and often more so.
I began my online art and writing career using the idea of the Void. The Void has been a powerful meme in recent philosophy. I have described some of the ways in which the Void can be explored through contemporary art in my prize-winning essay on the work of Anne Judell. See: Anne Judell “Void” – Review.
In 2015 I began an extended meditation on the role of time, memory and history based around my family’s house on the Hawkesbury River. I started painting a series of monochromes which I called The Drift. Where the Void implies an invisible depth from which creativity emerges, an inevitable call for abstraction, the Drift invites a meditation on the movements of thought and art through space and time, from generation to generation. Realist representation seems the most compelling approach.
I plan soon to revisit the Hawkesbury River in colour, and to complete the series “Scenic World”, exploring history and memory around Katoomba.
Annette Hamilton 2015. Rowboat, 1932. Oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm. From monochrome series The Drift 2015-16.