As a young artist in New York, she created an encyclopedia of images from books, manuals, and other materials, which she used for decades to create her collages. Many of these works were based on titles of poems by John Ashbery, with whom she collaborated. Another major influence is the avant-garde composer John Cage, whose unpredictable and lively music aligns with the physical features of Hammond’s pieces. In the early years of this century, she began drawing inspiration from her dreams, imagination and life experiences to expand her work and create collaged photographs, “dazzle paintings” that ingeniously combine paint, photography and optical devices, and Butterfly Maps. One of her most renowned works is Fallen, a monumental display of inscribed leaves, each representing a fallen American soldier in the Iraq War.
Hammond has received numerous awards, including The Anonymous was a Women Award and The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Award. Throughout her career she has displayed her artwork in over 80 solo and 350 group exhibitions, and pieces can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Walker Art Center; Whitney Museum of American Art; The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and Albertina, Austria.
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