2017 Significant Others

Significant Others Part I

Pa Homestead, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

My Hand Knows The Shape Of Her 1

Significant others (alphabetised)

Avocado trees





Large Cat


Small Cat


Vege Garden

Wildflower Garden


In general usage the term ‘significant other’ refers to an intimate relationship between two people and acknowledges not only that the gender of a person’s partner need not be specified, but also that a person’s primary intimate relationship may not be sexual in nature. It allows space for intimacy that is separate from sexuality and the strongly enforced normal of ‘romantic love’. Posthumanist writer Donna Haraway engages with this in her 2003 publication The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, people and significant Otherness, and places emphasis on the importance of relating as a two-way activity. Haraway suggests that “….all ethical relating, within or between species, is knit from the silk-strong thread of on-going alertness to otherness-in-relation.” (Haraway, 2003)

The two-part Significant Others project acknowledges the humans, animals and plants with whom I cohabit. each companion is observed tenderly, while seeking to remain alert to difference and striving to locate the singularity of each relationship.  These moments of relationship are brought together in an experiential installation that allows us to glimpse the small intimacies that arise through the mundane daily acts of caring.

installation veiw: tent and screens
tent interior, book box and lamp
inside tent
tent screen
inside tent looking up
powercords 1
Veiw of video screen from tent
screen viewed from tent


view the full books here: First Thirty Eggs   Favourite Foods   7 Days- Worms

video stills:

Significant Others Part II

Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei


Thanks You Whangarei Art Museum

Jill Sorensen Media Release

front view sml
avo side sml
tent from corner sml
umbrella sml

opening event, 28 August 2017

talk 1

Artist talk, 14 November 2017

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