Infill Housing combines artist Mia Hamilton’s fascination with the changing neighbourhoods around us and the memory of her own childhood.
“As I walk regularly around my neighbourhood I am constantly amazed at the ‘infill housing’ occurring. I wonder at the impact on our community and our children. My childhood of wide open spaces and freedom to roam and be myself seems a foreign concept to the city children of today.”
She will construct multiple ‘bird’s nests’ from found materials which will be installed in the trees at Riddiford Garden. Just as every section in her street holds multiple dwellings, Infill Housing will fill the branches of these trees inviting the viewer to stop and consider the deeper meaning whilst enjoying the slightly humorous image of trees jam packed with bright, colourful nests.
There will also be an opportunity for the public to take part in a nest making workshop and have their nests displayed in a tree nearby The Dowse for the period of the festival, see details below.
Mia Hamilton is a Wellington based artist who has a Diploma of Creativity from The Learning Connexion. She has exhibited her work throughout NZ. Her influences include ceramists Len Castle and Raewyn Aitkinson. Mia is a Portage Ceramic Award finalist and was Potter in Residence at the Wellington Potters’ Association in 2011.