INHABITAT: What got you started creating the buildings?
Liz Hickok: When I made my first city, I decided to make it out of a material that would incorporate my longstanding reverence of color and light, which stems from my roots as a painter. Instead of using resin, which was my first choice, but is very toxic and difficult to use, I stumbled upon the idea of Jell-O®. This fragile and impermanent material, which we typically associate with childhood memories, has proved to be a very poetic expression of the city.
INHABITAT: What architects or style of architecture do you really like?
Liz Hickok: Naturally, I am very interested in the idea of “flexible” architecture, and what that would mean in a practical sense. But I also tend to be drawn to buildings that have a inventive use of intense color and transparency, as well as architecture that is ephemeral, such as the Blur Building.
INHABITAT: Are your molds silicon? Do you reuse or recycle them?
Liz Hickok: I do make my molds with silicone rubber. And yes, I definitely reuse them. I keep my molds and use them for all different kinds of cities. I also photograph the molds (and the models I use to cast them.) I find the formal qualities of the objects themselves very appealing.