Helena Hamilton’s piece entitled ‘The Weight of My Soul Keeps Ringing in My Ears’ uses repetitive word and the progressive image to explore the idea of self and the deterioration of the individual within this notion. The sound that vibrates from this piece is the artists voice repeating the words “I AM” layered 65 times (the equivalent of the artists weight in kilograms). Sub harmonic generators were then used to create low frequency versions of the original recordings. This sound is played through a single speaker placed in the centre of a white box which takes up a 4 foot square area of the room. Hamilton describes this as the amount of space she feels comfortable in when in a room full of strangers. As the viewer draws closer to this box they can see a small amount of salt (3 kilograms) vibrating due to the sound emanating from the single speaker. The amount of salt that the artist has chosen to place on top of the box is significant, 3 kilograms represents past, present and future - the futility of it all…repetition, uncanny over interpretation and unrealistic expectation being the foundation of this work. The artist states:
“I You We Me are alone in our body, sterile to anyone else’s true emotion but our own…never being able to forget about the self within this sentimental playground of life.”
Helena Hamilton, born in Northern Ireland 1986, grew up in the North Antrim Coastal area, and currently lives and works in Belfast. She studied at the University of Ulster where she gained a BA Honours degree in Fine Art in 2009. Hamilton’s artistic career is unfolding and continues to build further momentum; already having had numerous successful exhibitions in Belfast, with her work reaching throughout Ireland, to London, Italy, Berlin and as far as New York. A permanent installation of hers is situated at the Black Box, Belfast.
Helena would like to thank Gerard Gormley at Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast for helping with the recording in this work.
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