Often playfully appropriating images of famous people and popular culture from across recent decades, Anthea Hamilton’s sculptural works and installations bring together a variety of props and characters in situations that resemble theatre-like settings. The installations propose a kind of alternative reality where gender roles, sexuality, domestic life and the traditions of different cultures become notions that oscillate between cliché and fluidity. Working with the male and female subject alike – from Jane Birkin to John Travolta, via food, advertisements, furniture and clothes – along with references to the artist’s own body, the works become like personalities that co-exist, forming curious hybrid relationships, exuding sexiness and wit.

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Anthea Hamilton, CUT-OUTS, 2007–ongoing (installation view), photo: Andy Keate

 

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Anthea Hamilton, LEG CHAIR (JANE BIRKIN), 2009, photo: Doug Atfield

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