Abini – A Dream

1 July 1999

Masters by Research – Studio Critique

This condensed body of work, a soft sculpture model was reproduced directly from a dream in which a doll appeared; Abini. In the dream, the doll’s head appeared larger with a small animate pig’s nose attached to the face. On the model, the pig’s nose is fashioned from clay, fastened with elastic, dressed in a sombre blue prison-style dress, plain, ill-fitting with white frilly anklet socks. Long underpants with small green flowers sit just above the red and blue imperialist knitted cuff (ed) socks. Fastened on the feet are slippers formed from Kangaroo hide, assembled with Kangaroo heads and stiff, ears resembling the Peace symbol. Abini realizes two complex value systems, both indisputable.