Friday 15 February 2019

Melanie Honebone - Love Tokens and Bad Pennies

Melanie Honebone
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 - Melanie Honebone / Words - Natalie Low

To be sung to a melody by Nick Cave or Chopsticks Nelson.

You are glancing my way when you think I am not,
You are making those soft summer sighs.
All those sweet little tricks that I knew from before
And have already come to despise.

I know that you long for redemption and peace
And the touch of my hand on your hair
But already I know you mean nothing to me
And when you find out I won't care.

I know you will fall for my brilliantine smile
And I know you will swallow my lies.
I'd almost be fooled by the smile of the man
That I see staring back in your eyes.

I am the bad penny who always turns up
In the depth of your dross and despair,
In your desperate escape and your faltering hope,
My darling I'll always be there.

Melanie Honebone's Bad Penny
outside Wood Street Station Walthamstow
Wood Street Station in Walthamstow is on the Chingford to Liverpool Street Line. The train line passes through Walthamstow Central and then across Hackney Marshes, Hackney Downs and Bethnal Green. The railway bridge outside Wood Street Station has its own mini eco system provided by the dark and damp conditions and the generous application of pigeon fertiliser.

Melanie Honebone has been known to us as Melanie Ezra up until last year when she got married. Congratulations to Melanie and her husband! We look forward to continuing our long creative relationship.

Melanie is a Wales-based fine artist who works using her own original photographs to create beautiful and intricate collages. She often works in series, providing visual responses to external stimuli such as literature, science, and music. She considers herself a specialist in the deconstruction of time and the extension of the moment. Recently Melanie has been creating videos with Stone Letter Media. Honebone openly describes herself as a ‘renegade arts experimentalist’ and is happy dabbling in anything that pushes her work to the limit and broadens her own potential.

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). She also appears in this exhibition as an artist/maker.

Don't forget to submit to our next exhibition. The Art of Caring is accepting submission until the 7th April 2019. More at

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