Alexander James Hamilton's practice is driven by a lifelong interest in field observation, scientific discovery with a prominence in exploring the liquid mechanics of water. Not limited by the architectural confines of the art world, my practice engages the broader public sphere through interventions within natural landscapes and civic spaces alike, arts education, policy-making, issues of sustainability and ecocide. For this series he bred butterflies in the studio, which were dotted with chrysalises, specifically the South American Morpho genus, which is naturally capable of entering a comatose state. He then photographed them underwater, alive and unharmed, with no need of postproduction. The results are unsettlingly beautiful in their combination of natural and unnatural.
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