Ann Hamilton —
Making, and the Spaces We Share

The philosopher Simone Weil defined prayer as “absolutely unmixed attention.” The artist and self-described maker Ann Hamilton embodies this notion in her sweeping works of art that bring all the senses together. She uses her hands to create installations that are both visually astounding and surprisingly intimate, and meet a longing many of us share, as she puts it, to be alone together.

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is a visual artist and self-described maker. She is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art at Ohio State University.

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Ann Hamilton works behind the scenes during her residency at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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Ann is a gift to the world in helping each person experience her work in spaces through their own individual life filters. Through Ann's work she permits the viewer to engage all their senses and value the element of time. As a scientist, I love best the sincerity of Ann's visual work joined with technology to better understand our spaces and how she merges the power of thought with the human body. Ann is truly a treasure to us all.

You say what I have trouble putting into words, thank-you. I make art as well, totems, painted shoes, painted everything, and
people want to know what it "means to me", & I want to sound knowledgeable, articulate, & deep, and I usually shrug and say you
either like it or you don't. I enjoyed listening to you this morning on On Being.

At about the 25 minute mark in your conversation with Ms. Hamilton, you stated, "I went to Israel and went to the west wall..." The west wall is in East Jerusalem. In the eyes of most of the people of the world, East Jerusalem is not a part of Israel. Since this subject is one of the most contentious in the conflict between the State of Israel and the Palestinians, you would have done your listeners a service by making a simple distinction in your travel: You visited Israel, and while you were there, you decided that you would also visit East Jerusalem.

In the Truth and Beauty equation too often Beauty is not pursued or not revealed.
Not the case with Ann Hamilton whose work is right in the balance.

The Wall is in Occupied East Jerusalem, not Israel. No state entity recognizes Israel's annexation of this area nor its claim that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. No country has an embassy in Jerusalem. With all the thoughtful sensitivity of which she is capable, Krista should also be aware of the way in which propaganda can shape thought despite contrary but clear legal, social and economic realities

I was called yesterday by a 90 year old friend who told be about the show. "You will love this Annie" rhoda said,"It sounds just like our conversations with each other" Rhoda was my neighbor when I was growing up, and we have maintained a friendship even with our 30+ age difference. I am also a make who is interested in what words and objects do in the world to bring people together. I will listen to this show again and take notes, catch phrases that made flickers in my brain.
many thanks.

I am really attracted to the connectivity and mindfulness of creating here. Inspiration, letting go and receiving, all part of a wonderful journey.

Thank you so much. Loved your show.

That's art, everything can be beautiful.
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I'm from Indonesia.
Nice to know you.


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