Chrestomathy is a series of composite digital images made up of heroic and majestic landscape photographs and staged portraits from the early 20th century. Bettina Hamilton’s practice utilises video installation, photography, appropriation and seriality to explore illusionism and realism, repression and desire.

Art Exhibition previously on at Mailbox Art Space in Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 24 April 2012 to Friday 25 May 2012

BETTINA HAMILTON: Chrestomathy image BETTINA HAMILTON: Chrestomathy image

Published by anonymous on Monday 16 April 2012.
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Much of the history of photography has been made up of images that serve as a trophy or treasure – something to bring back from where you’ve been, and as evidence of what you have done. The effect that the availability of free and personal digital images on the Internet has had on this practice is profound.

I have always been of the mind that others’ pictures are far more interesting than those I could take myself.

Hamilton is a current Masters of Fine Art candidate at Monash University.