Erica Hamilton says it was an easy decision in 2006 to put aside years of teaching in the North East to study art at LJMU from where she graduated in 2009. She chose Liverpool for its vibrant art community and within a year had a studio in the thriving Arena Art and Design Group. The personal association with other professional artists and the participatory opportunities through both Arena, and more recently, dot-art – have proved invaluable. She was awarded a scholarship by LJMU in 2008 to research in India; one of the highlights of the trip was the hours spent floating down the Ganges as night fell. The reflections, the sounds and the uniqueness of that river became rich additions to the artist’s repertoire.
The rhythm of the natural world is a recurrent theme in her work – and none more so than the sea – however Erica Hamilton’s interest in language and pre-occupation with the misuse/morphing and subsequent lost meaning of words, escalating through the over-load of social media, has become an increasing focus.
The artist’s recent work has revolved round these two conflicting subjects; Every Heartbeat Counts Every Word Matters looks to consider the ease in which we accept the trivialisation / normalisation of abusive words and the outpouring banal noises that overwhelm. The artist asks / demands of us to search for the submerged words – not just to hear but to listen. She says:
“Liverpool’s proximity to the sea, a key element in my work, was a huge factor in my decision to move here, but my love of verbal communication has had ample opportunities for expression here too! Eight years as a child in Sweden where ‘Naturen’, the sea and the lakes are an intrinsic part of the way of life, plus time spent on an Island bird sanctuary in the middle of Firth of Forth with my father, have all had a major impact on the development of my work.”
The exhibition is open to the public from 12-6pm Monday to Friday and by appointment, at dot-art, 16 Queen Avenue, Castle Street, Liverpool, L2 4TX. Please call 0845 017 6660 or see www.dot-art.com for more information or to make an appointment. All work is for sale and admission is free.