Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Natalie Low - Love Tokens and Bad Pennies


Natalie Low

Does love endure forever? Does a bad penny always turn up? During this Valentine month the artists and writers from CollectConnect explore this flip-sided theme with an exhibition of 32 miniature sculptures. These objects are placed in public places (#unsettledgallery), helping us to remember those who we hold dear - or cast off those who we would rather forget. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these tokens/pennies on this website. A writer will also use the art as inspiration to create something new and fresh.

Art - Natalie Low / Words - Dean Reddick

I decided to bag it and keep it despite what you said.
I plucked each thin dark strain out of dreams in your head
(often when you were asleep in my bed).

The net I knitted as the hairy mat grew.
Somewhere to keep private my tribute to you
(some things are too sensitive for the public to view).

I love the slight bulge, the frizz and the curl.
The little tight knots make me feel all secure.
Night after night I will take each small glory

'Till your hair is all gone in the grey of the morning.

Natalie's art work nestles on a broken brick wall at the
#usettledgallery near London Bridge.
Natalie's artwork nestles on a broken brick wall in the #unsettledgallery; a gallery which includes, railings and gates, as well as spaces between bricks, in gullies and beside drainpipes - basically anywhere an artwork can rest and be seen by the public. Placing original artworks in these everyday public spaces sharpens our appreciation of our environment and brings into focus the context of the art object.

Natalie Low enjoys putting words on paper and believes that everyone has a book of some sort inside them. She has published two chapbooks, Dementia (2015) and School Run (2017). Natalie is an adept artist often using traditional techniques and everyday materials to create intriguing and sometimes unsettling art works.
Dean Reddick is an artist, an art therapist, occasional lecturer and editor on the Art Therapy Journal
ATOL. He has a small studio space at his home in Walthamstow where he works on sculptures and drawings often based on his fascination with birds and trees. 

Don't forget to submit to our next exhibition. The Art of Caring is accepting submission until the 7th
April 2019. More at http://collectconnect.blogspot.com/p/submit.html

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