Thursday 28 February 2019

Barbara Dougan - Love Tokens and Bad Pennies

Barbara Dougan Love Token

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 - Barbara Dougan / Words - Dean Reddick


28 Slides, magnified x1000.
28 views through a telescope to see into the past.

Close-up crumbs breed across the disc, each one a mote, vital, discarded.
Or spread across light-years, painting a galaxy.

Zoomed in, great chunks of toast that could not be managed.
Or asteroids tumbling, silently, forever.

Intimate, the eye close to the bacteria
and beyond reach black holes, coloured dwarfs, wait to go supernova.

Clear crystals of chemicals sparkle, star-like.
Spilt liquids are dust clouds, congealing with gravity.

Two crusts dance, touching and spinning.

28 days, one every morning.

A film created by Barbara Dougan accompanies this artwork

You can find Barbara's art work on a strange derelict box in Wood Street, Walthamstow. These broken remnants of street utilities can be found throughout our villages, towns and cities, hinting at some recent past but no longer functional.
Waltham Forest is currently the London Borough of Culture and many parts of the Borough are undergoing extensive change with rapid housing development and large scale gentrification. 

Barbara's film, waiting to be collected in Walthamstow 
An interest in the environment informs Barbara Dougan's work, along with an ongoing exploration of constraint, change and adaptation. For two years she collaborated with choreographer Darren Ellis and dancer Hannah Kidd, leading to films Tea Break and Living Room, and a participatory work Unentitled: channel your angst in the Edwardian Cloakrooms in Bristol. Currently she is collaborating with fellow artist Henry Driver. They are artists-in-residence with Collusion, developing TEO for a showcase which will bring together all the innovative interdisciplinary work commissioned from artists. Work will be installed at Cambridge Leisure Park from 5 - 14 April 2019 with the public launch on 5 April. 

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

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