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Ann Hamilton’s Lineament (1994) is about, how a three dimensional ball is being created from a flat page
of a book. The installation consists of plywood walls, suspended seat
and table, film projector light, seated figure lifting and winding cut
text in continuous line from a prepared book. At the very first sight ,
we find it's simply is a change of shape, from 2 dimensional to three
dimensional form. But there is no transformation from one form to the
other since the plane of the book is three dimensional, only shape of
the paper changes to a ball. Here, each line of text can be seen as a
metaphor of time, and various such lines form a ball, metaphor for life.

Hamilton says the line of text where like thread; it’s touched and rolled to
form a ball. When the line of text is cut and rolled, our hands run
through each letter of the text. From a spiritualistic aspect, each
letter, symbolizes each moment in life and is being felt, letters
become words, words become line of text, as each word and line pass by,
they roll up to form the circle of life. The words (time) that we
already passed becomes our memory(Steven Wallace’s poem “Planet on the
Table” is about the remembrance of time), an experience in life.

Ann Hamilton shows how time can be touched and felt, it’s made visible, by
the help of words. In the installation, even though the three
dimensional ball of text represents the circle of life, the ends of the
line of text are not glued to form a perfect circle. Our life never
ends; our body and soul are two different constituents existing
together, like two sides of a coin, when we die, our life continues in
the form of soul/spirit.

“Symbols give meaning to human thought, experience and action and it does not provide a clear statement of
meaning or belief” (Langer, 25). As time progressed, people began to
view the world objectively, where words and symbols took on shared
meanings and with new knowledge comes new questions. The symbols used
here are the letters, words and line of text from the book. Again, when
we look closely, each letter in the text three dimensional (type), look
alike but fundamentally one differs from the other (lines and shape).
It’s the same case with our lives, born as humans; unique in behavior,
body and mind.

Everything is surrounded by the mists of significations which carry the mind in many directions, all according
to knowledge, interest, and level of awareness brought to bear at any
given moment when we happen to look around. Of course, all these
perceptions involve signs and the mind in knowing may make comparisons
among objects of which it is aware, and from these comparisons
relations do indeed result.Langer points out, “Meaning has both a
logical and a psychological aspect,” and both aspects are present at
all times. The use of symbols to concentrate or intensify meaning makes
the work more subjective than objective. Our thought becomes a power of
source/knowledge, providing possibilities of meaning and of truth that
lie outside empirical seizure or proof- the root-impulse of the human
spirit. There are values and energies in the human person -- and an
inner voice which cannot be revealed with analytical and empirical
tools. Hamilton's installation provide access to such intimations,
intimations which if inimical to reason are nonetheless instinctual to
humanity.-the sixth sense, spirituality.


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