Press Highlights

Meet the Austin poster girl in that dreamy new Dell Medical School art
Michael Barnes, Austin American-Statesman, 22 February 2017
It so happens that on this sunny day, Zoë is the poster child, literally, for the first portion of a three-building art installation at the medical school. During Zoë’s interview with this reporter, Ann Hamilton, a distinguished Ohio-based multimedia artist, was seated behind a long table downstairs, signing fat, free books that go with the art project — “Oneeveryone, 2017” — which presents cloudy images of scores of Austinites, Zoë among them.

A Human Touch: Ann Hamilton’s Portraits at UT Austin
Carol Strickland, Art in America, 10 February 2017
Studies have documented a link between art on hospital walls and patient wellbeing. Images of natural landscapes-in blue and green hues-have the most calming effect. Other physiological effects of art include reduced reaction to stress, higher pain threshold, less anxiety, and positive outcomes like shorter hospital stays. Whether Hamilton's portraits will have these benefits is still unknown. What is clear in the misty, ethereal images is that, in an age of high-tech medicine, they foreground the healing human touch.

Ann Hamilton’s Portraits that Blur and Isolate
Anne Blood, Hyperallergic, 09 February 2017
Ann Hamilton’s portrait series O N E E V E R Y O N E is based on two ideas: the systematic representation of the individual and the commonality of people in all their manifestations. The bridge between these two ideas is touch, which plays a literal and abstract role in the work.

No Smiling: Ann Hamilton’s Latest, a Portrait Series In a Texas Medical Center
Scott Indrisek, Observer, 30 January 2017
“It’s not about the photography,” Ann Hamilton said, curiously, of her latest, photo-based project. “It’s the exchange.” Indeed, exchange—along with vulnerability, empathy, and trust—would loom large in a word cloud of how the artist, during a week’s worth of public talks, described her latest endeavor, at the Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas.

UT's Public Arts Program Debuts an Ambitious New Project
Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle, 27 January 2017
Touch, you see, is central to this latest iteration of O N E E V E R Y O N E, one that Hamilton has developed for Austin and, specifically, the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas. Just as touch is integral to any health care experience – from the nurse's hand against your forehead feeling for a fever to the surgeon's handling of a transplanted heart – touch is key to the experience of these portraits: It's where the images find clarity.

ONEEVERYONE: A Q&A with Ann Hamilton
Kathleen Brady Stimpert, Glasstire, 23 January 2017
In a time when we’re increasingly removed from one another, ONEEVERYONE, Ann Hamilton’s ambitious new work for UT Austin, is especially important. With its emphasis on connection and the power of touch, it offers the perfect antidote to the endless static of texts, emails, and emoticons. It reminds us to actually look at one another, and to really see.

Ann Hamilton's Enlightened Touch
Dan Duray, Surface, 23 January 2017
Well along in the development of Ann Hamilton’s latest undertaking, “O N E E V E R Y O N E,” the artist made something of a scientific discovery. This was appropriate, given that the site-specific project, which debuted late in January, is installed around the University of Texas Austin’s recently opened Dell Medical School.

In the Studio: Ann Hamilton
Jean Dykstra, Photograph, Jan/Feb 2017
In describing the process behind these partially opaque portraits, Hamilton notes that the subjects could not see her, but had to follow her voice alone, telling them to turn a bit, or press against the curtain. That exchange, she suggests, led to “an interiority that is more private, more vulnerable than the self we offer up in the world of a constantly present camera.”