108 Miller St.
West Preston, 3072.
Victoria. Australia

The Dolls House was built in the mid 1970's by William Cave Howard (1905-1990).  Its materials are distinctly 1970's while the design and
proportions reflect a more Georgian Persuasion. 
Initially the Dolls House lived in Adelaide and was used by children
to act out real and imagined stories and as a space in which to play
games.  In 2002 The Dolls House moved to Melbourne, but it was not until March 2004 that it took on its current role as a not-for-profit gallery space.
Situated in a shop window in the inner north of Melbourne, this miniature gallery exhibits site specific installations which engage with the inherent readings, challenges and opportunities presented by its scale and form. The accessibility of both the shop window and the Dolls House, as a site of play and fantasy, invites anyone and everyone to pause for a moment and look through its four rooms.   
Paths for Navigation: Double Light
Emma Hamilton
curated by Sophia Cai


Maps, borders, and lines of latitude and longitude are human constructions created to give us a sense of understanding, ownership and control over the landscape. However, when we enter the landscape these lines of demarcation and navigation lose their meaning. 

'Double light' by artist Emma Hamilton seeks to materialise this notion of visual navigation based on lived experience in the landscape. In visual navigation we find our way through the relative position of landmarks, relying on the overlap of mountains, islands and houses in our lines of sight to locate our position. 

For her solo exhibition at the Dolls House, Hamilton has created a double exposure photograph in the island landscape of Fleinvær Norway, the location where she was first introduced to the idea of navigating through sight lines. Here we are at once located and dislocated: placed into an unfamiliar landscape with two horizon lines to guide us. 

This work continues Hamilton’s ongoing investigations into photography’s ability to make space, crossing the boundaries between object and image. She is interested in working at the intersection of sculpture and photography, by bringing photography into sculptural space as well as placing sculptural objects into the space of the photograph. Her work probes the disparities between the observed and the recorded: the camera’s view comparative to our experiential, visual observations.


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