Statement

Aileen Hamilton considers ecological cycles and organic process within her drawings, exploring the delicate balance and repetitive patterns that bind the natural world to form. Isolated landscapes appear suspended or floating in a fragile and exposed state as Aileen explores the physical and mental borders of our world. In doing so, she reveals hidden layers and draws an analogy between the internal terrain of the body and the wider ecosystems in which we live. Landscapes bend in on themselves and exploratory folds evoke the artist’s search for meaning in both micro and macro environments. The interplay between 2D and 3D environments is an integral part of the process in which Aileen moves back and forth between depth and flatness, her drawings growing out of the wall and interacting with the architectural space.

Text from Paula Clarke’s essay “The Meeting”, August 2017:

“There is a magical, otherworldliness to Hamilton’s work. Like the underworld/upside-down world from the Netflicks’ Stranger Things series or the silvery, aqueous portholes from the cult classic Donnie Darko, Hamilton’s imagined world of in-betweenness evokes something similar visually but bears none of the dark elements. In works such as ‘Ground Substance’ and Folding Landscapes’ Hamilton’s landscapes appear to bend as if they were in, what the artist coins, a ‘space time continuum’. At other times, her landscapes appear to float mid-air. Her images are delicate, fragile, sublime and utterly beautiful depictions of the mysteries of Nature’s in-between spaces.”

“Hamilton’s work is an exploration of the binary elements of Nature; life/death; dark/light; balance/harmony; chaos/order; fragility/solidity; the outer world/the inner world; depth/flatness; movement/stillness. Her delicate, intricate brush strokes, ranging from vibrant colours to muted tones, create a sense of connectedness and elasticity between supposed opposing elements”.