Saturday 2 February 2019

Stella Tripp - Love Tokens and Bad Pennies

Stella Tripp
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.
Artist - Stella Tripp / Words -  Rebecca Lowe

All Things Are Connected

Love is a house
And in the house is a room
And in the room is a cage
And in the cage is a bird
And in the bird is a song
And in the song is a note
And in the note is sweetness
And in the sweetness is a flower
And in the flower is pollen
And in the pollen is a bee
And in the bee is a sting
And in the sting is pain
And in pain there is death
And in death there is sadness
And in sadness there is beauty
And in beauty there is truth
And in truth there is love
And love is a house

And in the house is a room…

Stella's Love Token is placed on a bollard in the #unsettledgallery in Walthamstow. The bollards form a part of the 'Little Holland' scheme aimed at reducing traffic and encouraging cycling in the borough.

Stella Tripp at #unsettledgallery Walthamstow
Born in Somerset, Stella Tripp trained locally before attending Camberwell school of Arts and Crafts where she went on to lecture part-time. At the beginning of the eighties Stella travelled to America, Illinois where she developed much of her over arching themes and work practices, such as the decision to stop using rectangular stretched canvases and instead building makeshift constructions to paint on. These better reflected her situation and state of mind. She wrote a thesis exploring the nature of art by comparing art from different cultures and was excited by the possibilities that surface when exploring the nature of art in the light of cultural and societal conditioning: "things don’t have to be as they are; anything goes; anything is possible". Stella is a regular contributor to Collect Connect projects and first exhibited with us at the Lite Bite exhibition in 2011.

Rebecca Lowe is a Wales-based writer, editor and performance poet. She has been featured on BBC Radio 4's Poetry Workshop, and her work has appeared in anthologies including Bristol Poetry Can, Red Poets, Blackheath Countercultural Review, and Three Drops from a Cauldron, an anthology of poetry based on folklore and myth. She also plays hammered dulcimer and zither, which she sometimes incorporates into her performances.

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

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