|Susie Mendelsson - Walthamstow|
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 - Susie Mendelsson / Words - Ed Arantus
Stag man as white as your boots
Wig wam you flick me the truth
Boom! The boot of your heart
Stamp! I want that crackle and burn
Walking the line with your sweet sickly jive
Take roads out to the most haunted of drives
War baby it’s not my real lick
I shoot the darts, redeye and slick
Sweeeet! flame on your lips
Purse your mout' dry baby, don’t why?
You want the rough of the beast of my belly
The burn of a rose, the beat on the road
Don’t think that I won’t put you the boot
Stag man kick up and white, Stag man kick up and white, Stag man go hit-beat my life
Susie's little man stands on a communications/signals box in Wood Street, Walthamstow. He stands proud like a Subbuteo player who has escaped from his miniature world. Perhaps he is a member of 'The Stags' (Walthamstow FC) who play at Wadham Lodge in the Essex Senior League. Walthamstow FC are having a good season in 2019, they are currently 5th in the table (out of 20 teams), their team kit is white.
Susan Mendelsson was born at Hackney, London and educated at the Manchester Metropolitan University, gaining a B.A. (hons.) in Graphic Design. She then took a Teaching Diploma in Art from at University of Haifa, Israel and an M.A. in Fine Art from Coventry University. A figurative artist who has been influenced by the German expressionists as well as medieval art and works mainly in paint and mixed media. In her Suffolk studio she creates the most amazing 3D figures and characters often made from found objects.
Ed Arantus is no stranger to art and writing, he first published his work in the Censored Zine (July 2010) and has exhibited his work ever since at venues like the Contemporary Arts Research Unit in Oxford (2014). Last year he exhibited his poem 'Google If' at the Museum of Futures as part of the Enemies Project. He used to own a Subbuteo set when he was a boy and is named after a the Brazilian footballer Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento).