Interview with Constance Hamilton:

Constance Hamilton

Constance was an American artist who lived and worked in Western Massachusetts. Known to her family and friends as Connie, and to friends from her developing years as Connie Berge. Her abstract paintings in oil, and pastel drawings – in her words, “reflect the natural beauty and spatial relationships of my surroundings and mirror a sense of one's interior landscape and understanding, as well.

Artist Statement:

Enthralled with the mystery of painting as a very young girl, I studied books of reproductions of Rembrandt, Cezanne, Roualt and Utrillo that were stored in the attic, but I didn't come to the actual making of art until I was a young adult. While studying English at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, my formal art education began with one class taught by the sculptor Elliot Offner. The experience held my imagination thru some years of marriage; working at the Art Center College in Pasadena, CA; and then in New York, working at the School of Visual Arts and being a young mother. Finally, finding my way to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn I studied Printmaking and Painting from 1973 to 1976.

A Summer session at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 1974 is where my understanding of painting began. The painter Rudolph Baranik, was teacher and mentor and a very supportive guide as my painting developed over the next year. The work reflected my interest in Minimalism and Geometric Abstraction, and touched on the pure painting concepts of Ad Reinhardt, although at the time I was not aware of his work.

Imposing structures of geometry to contain the chaos and give definition to the field implies a sense of “relationships,” by which forms develop and are interconnected with underlying patterns and intervals. My work is about shifting from subjectivity to objectivity and back again. About measuring place. Seeing how it is now, at this moment, before it moves again."