Daydreamer's Wavy Boot
76 × 49,5 cm
Edition of 85 copies, signed and numbered by the artist
about this work
This edition is part of School Prints, a series produced by the Hepworth Wakefield, reviving a groundbreaking scheme set up in the 1940s to supply original, high-quality contemporary art to primary schools.
About this edition, Anthea Hamilton says: “Perhaps this is a self-portrait of me as a young girl? The shiny leg of the boot, neat and wavy like the long black plaits I wore every day. The grown-up high heel made of bricks is the Victorian school building we surreptitiously carved our names into the walls of with little stones from the playground floor. And the clouds rolling in blue sky are what I would watch out of the tall windows as I listened a little, daydreamed a little, during school assemblies, maths lessons, stories of how volcanoes are formed and practised joined-up handwriting. As a kid I didn’t know such a thing as being an artist was possible, perhaps as unlikely as making a portrait of oneself as a boot? It fits me perfectly.”
about Anthea Hamilton
For nearly two decades, artist Anthea Hamilton has developed a complex practice that spans sculpture, installation, film, and performance. Her work is characterised by devotional creativity, positivity and flexibility, unexpected research trajectories, highly visual aesthetics, cross cultural interests, interdisciplinary modes of production, and collaborative dynamics. Hamilton dives into the meandering history of visual and cultural production, using her eye as a both subjective and productive lens through which to view (and recreate) the world. Her installations propose an alternative and fragmented reality where gender roles, sexualities, domestic life and the traditions of different cultures are no longer seen as established clichés but as fluid notions.
Using the “mash up” as her method, she filters and assesses elements culled from the present and recent past of fashion, art, food, nature, design, architecture, and pop culture. She then resituates what we might otherwise consider familiar or comforting tropes and motifs in order to sidestep obvious and hegemonic meanings. To do this, the artist uses diverse techniques and materials such as digital prints, galvanised steel, and bespoke woven fabric or blown glass, drawing on both high tech and craftsmanship, moving without restraint from low to high, classic to pop, hip hop to art nouveau. Hamilton’s practice relies on a strong belief in cohabitation, complexity and, by extension, imagination, positing the artworks’ ambiguity as a means to constantly challenge our perceived realities.
(courtesy of M HKA)