Thursday 1 February 2018

Year 2091 - Stella Tripp - Small World Futures

Stella Tripp - #unsettledgallery No.2
Small World Futures is a collection of 38 miniature sculptures depicting what life could look like in years to come. Each of these small artworks will be placed in public spaces (#unsettledgallery) around London Bridge. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these worlds here on the website. A writer will also use the world as inspiration to create something new and fresh, their words describing the shape of a new world. Today we discover the Small World Future of....

Stella Tripp
The year is 2091.....

"It was six months after the rains started, when we still had dry memories. My mother said, we will drown down here in the mud, why should it only be the rich who have life. So we did it ourselves: we up-ended the favelas, raising them into the saturated sky. And now we are one of the Mardi Gras giants, swaying, ready to fight."
Natalie Low

Stella Tripp
You can find Stella Tripp's Small World Future at #unsettledgallery No.2, beside a downpipe on Melior Street and next to the Horseshoe Inn. If you can find it then you can take it home, or perhaps you will leave it for someone else to discover.

Born in Somerset, Stella Tripp trained locally before attending Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts where she went on to lecture part-time. At the beginning of the eighties Stella travelled to America, Illinois where she developed much of her over arching themes and work practices, such as the decision to stop using rectangular stretched canvases and instead building makeshift constructions to paint on. These better reflected her situation and state of mind. She wrote a thesis exploring the nature of art by comparing art from different cultures and was excited by the possibilities that surface when exploring the nature of art in the light of cultural and societal conditioning: "things don’t have to be as they are; anything goes; anything is possible". Stella has been a regular contributor to CollectConnect projects and has notched up over 14 shows exhibitions or publications.

Natalie Low enjoys putting words on paper and believes that everyone has a book of some sort inside them. She lives in Twickenham, UK with her rather charming family. She has published two chapbooks Dementia (2015) and recently School Run (2017).

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