|Wayne Sleeth, #unsettledgallery No.6|
Today we discover the Small World Future of.... Wayne Sleeth
'Stand in line children, hold your partners hand, don't push'
The children crane their necks and jostle to get a view of the exhibit.
Safely encased in translucent aluminium sheeting, Exhibit Number 5 seems to hang in mid air, untouchable and pristine.
'Now class, can anyone tell me what we are looking at here?'
Dorotha puts her hand up, 'It's the RealPlant, one of the last RealPlants left alive since the Chromocrisis in 2085.'
There is a murmur of agreement from the fifty or so children in the class.
'Yes, well done Dorotha, this is a RealPlant, unpolluted by any of the genes that destroyed 90% of the planet's vegetation last century.'
'What's it for' asks Pimlico.
'Good question, any ideas class?'
'It's a small vegetable transformer, turning carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugars using sunlight as a fuel'.
'Yes, a very clever and elegant little transformer'
'It's quite pretty as well Ms Dalex, I like the colours'
'Mmm, yes I suppose so TamTam, I never really thought of that before. Does anybody else have anything to say before we move onto see the next exhibit? No? Okay, don't push, hold your partners hand, keep the noise down!'
Dean Reddick is an artist, an art therapist and a lecturer. He uses a range of media and enjoys experimenting with casting processes using plaster, metal and resin to explore the tensions between organic and geometric forms, positive and negative space and the distortions that occur in producing casts. As an artist and art therapist Reddick has a keen interest in the role of art as a cultural phenomenon and as a container for inter-personal meaning. He enjoys working collaboratively and has been a regular exhibitor at Walthamstow's E17 Art Trail as well as exhibiting with CollectConnect. Recently he published Art Therapy in the Early Years: Therapeutic Interventions with Infants, Toddlers and Their Families (pub. 2016, Routledge) alongside co-editor Julia Meyerowitz-Katz.