Ann Hamilton

FLY TOGETHER, 2017 by Ann Hamilton

Birds, the color blue (indigo), suspensions, fabric, fragility, ephemerality, and thread are all elements that recur in Hamilton’s work to evoke questions of space, collective voice, “communities past and labor present,” memory, and imagination. This particular image is drawn from ABC books particularly meant for early childhood education.


With two songbirds holding cloth between their beaks, Hamilton explores the potential made possible through our own mutual cooperation. She asks, “using their mouths as we use our hands, perhaps they hold a piece of the sky? A cloth that will protect or warm?” It’s impossible to know, she observes, but “we see that to carry the cloth’s weight, to allow the cloth’s movement, they must hold with gentleness and tenacity. They must work and fly together.”


About Ann Hamilton

Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surroundings of her large-scale multi-media installations. Using time as process and material, her methods of making serve as an invocation of place, of collective voice, of communities past and of labor present. In 2016, Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop and Museum hosted habitus, a solo exhibition by Hamilton that took place across three sites.


Photograph by Nicholas Prakas