Allison Janae Hamilton, ‘Foresta’, 2017, The Studio Museum in Harlem
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Foresta, 2017

Mixed media with birch logs, wrought iron fence posts, taxidermy forms, horse manes, tambourines, clothing and regalia
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Exhibition history
The Studio Museum in Harlem
New York

Site-specific installation
Photo: Adam Reich

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Installation
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Courtesy the artist
Allison Janae Hamilton
American, b. 1984
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In immersive meditations on the rural American South, Allison Janae Hamilton draws on natural landscapes and historical reference to create earthy and evocative photography, film, and installations. The New York-based artist was born in Kentucky, raised in Florida, and grew up spending time on her maternal family’s homestead in Tennessee, which inspires and informs the deep connection to the natural world in her work. Reminiscent of classic studio portraits of African-Americans, Hamilton’s darkly whimsical compositions are electrified by uncanny taxidermy and the artist’s powerful sense of place. Hamilton’s imagined naturalism blends historical narratives with myth, finding the magic in the routines and rituals of rural life.

Allison Janae Hamilton, ‘Foresta’, 2017, The Studio Museum in Harlem
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About the work
Exhibition history
The Studio Museum in Harlem
New York

Site-specific installation
Photo: Adam Reich

Medium
Installation
Image rights
Courtesy the artist
Allison Janae Hamilton
American, b. 1984
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In immersive meditations on the rural American South, Allison Janae Hamilton draws on natural landscapes and historical reference to create earthy and evocative photography, film, and installations. The New York-based artist was born in Kentucky, raised in Florida, and grew up spending time on her maternal family’s homestead in Tennessee, which inspires and informs the deep connection to the natural world in her work. Reminiscent of classic studio portraits of African-Americans, Hamilton’s darkly whimsical compositions are electrified by uncanny taxidermy and the artist’s powerful sense of place. Hamilton’s imagined naturalism blends historical narratives with myth, finding the magic in the routines and rituals of rural life.

Foresta, 2017

Mixed media with birch logs, wrought iron fence posts, taxidermy forms, horse manes, tambourines, clothing and regalia
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