Lea Hamilton's artworks speak to visual perception and materiality. Considering herself primarily a painter, her practice revolves around the manipulation of surfaces and conceptualized image making. Nevertheless, she is also heavily concerned with materiality, and her practice often resolves itself sculpturally. Hamilton seeks to explore the relationship between the viewer and the viewed, as well as the roles that ritual and time play in the creation of an artwork. By engaging with unconventional and reflective materials, her work seeks to call attention to the act of looking, and allows the materials to convey a message. .
Hamilton was born in 1992 in Ottawa. She received her BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2014. Hamilton has exhibited in and curated several shows in Ottawa and Toronto. She is currently creating work for I Came Back and Things Were Different, an upcoming group exhibition at Ottawa’s City Hall Art Gallery in May 2019. Hamilton's works are in numerous private collections in Canada. She currently lives and practices in Ottawa.