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Artist ID: 2229

My work is to forget. My work is to strip away the layers and boundaries of identity, preconception, and knowing. Each work is a place to freely discover our human selves without knowing our human selves.My work is to gnaw—to gnaw on the kernel of being lodged deep within our souls. My work is to remember, free from history or expectation, life.

Michael Christian Hamrick was born and raised in Eufaula, Alabama alongside 7 brothers and sisters. His parents--an architect and an artist--encouraged music and art and Hamrick's mother would let them paint and draw on the floors and walls of their house. After studying Chemical Engineering at Auburn University, Hamrick found home in an empty cotton shipping warehouse in which he began painting and creating sculpture. After a few years, Hamrick bought a car for $200 from an older lady who could no longer drive and drove to San Francisco where he began living and working in a Robotic Burlesque theater. During this time, Hamrick created murals, paintings, and sculpture in and around San Francisco. Hamrick left San Francisco to travel and paint in Paris, Stockholm, and Zurich before landing in New York City. During this time, Hamrick began working with theaters, film-makers, architects, and fellow artists on collaborative projects as well as keeping an active, prolific studio practice. Hamrick returned to Eufaula, Alabama where he currently lives and works.

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