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Questions of Practice: Visual Artist Ann Hamilton on the Social Connotations of Cloth

In conjunction with her multi-part exhibition habitus at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, MacArthur Fellow and visual artist Ann Hamilton talked with us about what compels her to work with textiles. Hamilton references her own early experiences of making textile works by hand, as well as the prevalence of cloth in our day-to-day experiences. “There are very view times in our lives that we are not in some way touching cloth,” Hamilton says. “Cloth is the hand that is always surrounding us; it’s our constant companion.”

habitus is on view, with major support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, through January 8, 2017. Learn more on The Fabric Workshop and Museum's website.>>

Ann Hamilton is internationally recognized for her large scale, multimedia installations, including the event of a thread, which was staged in 2012 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. The recipient of a National Medal of Arts, MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, and United States Artists Fellowship, Hamilton was chosen to represent the US at the 1991 São Paulo Biennial and the 1999 Venice Biennale. She is currently a Distinguished University Professor of Art at The Ohio State University.