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Meet the Artist: Lea Hamilton, Preface 2014

Lea Hamilton: Interview by Liana Voia

Lea Hamilton: art at its rawest

Lea Hamilton: art at its rawest

Lea Hamilton: art at its rawest

Posted on Wednesday June 25th, 2014 by Marie-Pier Deschênes, under: AlumniDepartment of Visual ArtsFaculty of Arts.

Lea Hamilton is one of those artists who can boast of making the raw materials through which her work takes form. At age 22, she handles carpentry tools like it’s going out of style!  The young uOttawa visual arts alumna describes herself as a painter, sculptor and portrait artist.  She tries to revisit very old practices like portraiture, giving them a contemporary slant. Hamilton specializes in self-portraits. In two videos, she explains her innovative approach, in which she is both artist and subject.

In addition to her fascination with the human body, Hamilton can’t stop herself from manipulating materials she comes across. Textures and surfaces bring out her creativity. She often plays with the qualities of reflective objects, which is certainly in keeping with her love of the self-portrait.

A typical work day for the multidisciplinary Hamilton invariably starts with questions for the people she crosses paths with. She’s very curious, which drives her to look for information that may add to her art. Lack of motivation isn’t her worry: when the inspiration’s not there, she just has to do some small task like cutting paper or drawing the people around her for the ideas to flow again. “I have a very impulsive way of working. When I have an idea for real work, I have to act on it immediately, or if I can’t act on it, I’ll write it down,” she says.

Hamilton is imbued with the community spirit that has taken hold among her and her peers. She’s also inspired by the work of contemporary artists like Jacob Kassay, and of two of her professors, Jinny M.J. Yu and Martin Golland, “both prolific painters who have kind of shaped my practice and my way of thinking.”

Hamilton was very involved in the visual arts program, coordinating her graduating class’s year-end exhibition. In addition to giving her event organization experience, this also helped develop her leadership skills, which will be useful throughout her career.

Hamilton is currently an intern at Ottawa’s Studio Sixty Six. She hopes to develop her marketing and administration skills there. Her career goal, in addition to being a full-time artist, is to build her own creative space for artists interested in using carpentry and metal work tools. The goal of this project would be to feed Ottawa’s growing arts community.  Hamilton would also like to break down the barriers between different art forms (for example, painting vs. sculpture). She believes that different genres and techniques should blend more easily. “When you mix things together, you might come up with something amazing!” she says.

Driven by her passion for the arts, Hamilton would like to mentor new artists or people interested in developing their abilities. She hopes to continually extend the frontiers of art and create works that will inspire new thinking. Her motto: “If you have an idea, just do it!”

For more on her work, see Hamilton’s portfolio.

 

Original article here: http://www.gazette.uottawa.ca/en/2014/06/lea-hamilton-art-at-its-rawest/

Meet the Artist: Lea Hamilton, Preface 2014

Lea Hamilton: Interview by Liana Voia

Lea Hamilton: art at its rawest

Lea Hamilton: art at its rawest

Posted on Wednesday June 25th, 2014 by Marie-Pier Deschênes, under: AlumniDepartment of Visual ArtsFaculty of Arts.

Lea Hamilton is one of those artists who can boast of making the raw materials through which her work takes form. At age 22, she handles carpentry tools like it’s going out of style!  The young uOttawa visual arts alumna describes herself as a painter, sculptor and portrait artist.  She tries to revisit very old practices like portraiture, giving them a contemporary slant. Hamilton specializes in self-portraits. In two videos, she explains her innovative approach, in which she is both artist and subject.

In addition to her fascination with the human body, Hamilton can’t stop herself from manipulating materials she comes across. Textures and surfaces bring out her creativity. She often plays with the qualities of reflective objects, which is certainly in keeping with her love of the self-portrait.

A typical work day for the multidisciplinary Hamilton invariably starts with questions for the people she crosses paths with. She’s very curious, which drives her to look for information that may add to her art. Lack of motivation isn’t her worry: when the inspiration’s not there, she just has to do some small task like cutting paper or drawing the people around her for the ideas to flow again. “I have a very impulsive way of working. When I have an idea for real work, I have to act on it immediately, or if I can’t act on it, I’ll write it down,” she says.

Hamilton is imbued with the community spirit that has taken hold among her and her peers. She’s also inspired by the work of contemporary artists like Jacob Kassay, and of two of her professors, Jinny M.J. Yu and Martin Golland, “both prolific painters who have kind of shaped my practice and my way of thinking.”

Hamilton was very involved in the visual arts program, coordinating her graduating class’s year-end exhibition. In addition to giving her event organization experience, this also helped develop her leadership skills, which will be useful throughout her career.

Hamilton is currently an intern at Ottawa’s Studio Sixty Six. She hopes to develop her marketing and administration skills there. Her career goal, in addition to being a full-time artist, is to build her own creative space for artists interested in using carpentry and metal work tools. The goal of this project would be to feed Ottawa’s growing arts community.  Hamilton would also like to break down the barriers between different art forms (for example, painting vs. sculpture). She believes that different genres and techniques should blend more easily. “When you mix things together, you might come up with something amazing!” she says.

Driven by her passion for the arts, Hamilton would like to mentor new artists or people interested in developing their abilities. She hopes to continually extend the frontiers of art and create works that will inspire new thinking. Her motto: “If you have an idea, just do it!”

For more on her work, see Hamilton’s portfolio.

 

Original article here: http://www.gazette.uottawa.ca/en/2014/06/lea-hamilton-art-at-its-rawest/

Meet the Artist: Lea Hamilton, Preface 2014
Lea Hamilton: Interview by Liana Voia
Lea Hamilton: art at its rawest