Designers on your doorstep
Home is where the heart is, sometimes it’s better not to be with family in the place they might call home but to make your own homely place within your own heart and network. These mannequins represent youth finding their place in our cultural system, which offers an alternative exploratory space for all people. Identity is often fraught when people experience family traumas and disfunction. These mannequins and the song they play explore ideas of selfhood, the potential for inclusion and connection in this social system, leading to a home. The design aspects of this work reflect emotional wellbeing and provide a sense of companionship through designed objectification. Design is essentially about creating objects, my objectification of a group of mannequins connecting over music extends and fulfils the imagined homely family feeling of togetherness and companionship we all desire. Music touches multiple zones in the brain, it provides a significant sensory engagement. In your own home, you can set up the mannequin trio with speakers and sound system and play music you enjoy. Or you could commission me to write more songs!! As an object in your home these mannequins inspire love, wellbeing and a sense of connection.
IMAGE > Jennifer Hickinbotham, <em>Neuro-diverse Groove</em>, 2021, mannequins, op-shop clothing, tip-shop two tier table on wheels (re-painted), scooter, skateboard, helmet, hat and op-shop over-shoulder bags., 18 x 140 x 140 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.
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I haven’t bought anything except food for nearly two years. Objects seem to be unnecessary.
My practice is focused around my home, I don’t go out into the community much, just make do with what’s here at home.
I rent in an old and cold house, little sun-light gets inside, which disappoints me. I like the lounge room best because that’s where I relax and put my feet up in the evenings, I love all my ‘toys’ around the room, dolls, doll’s house, stuffies, teddy bears, things I love to look at and remember. And my dogs cuddle up to me on the couch.
We have lots of beautiful gardens here in Gisborne, some designed, like the Botanical Gardens, and others like Dixon Fields, a space for my dogs to run off leash.
My dolls house is special, I set it all up with the furniture and tiny characters, I bought it at the local op shop. When I put my tea light candles inside, light shines out, as if it’s night time in that little house.
I don’t cook much, but when I want something substantial to eat this is what I cook.
Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks in Red Wine Sauce.
Mashed potato, polenta or pureed cauliflower
Fresh thyme leaves, optional garnish
It’s really rich and delicious, one shank does me for two meals. There’s lots of notes and etc. Here’s the link.