Thursday 28 March 2024

Dean Reddick - Translocation and Dislocation (words by Natalie Low)

Welcome to the Translocation and Dislocation exhibition, a selection of eclectic artworks that have been placed or screened beyond the tradition gallery walls. Alongside the art, you can read written works by our First Responders. We will choose a different location for each artwork, the art might be placed in a complementary location (to add to the narrative) or juxtaposed against a competing backdrop to create new meaning.

If you go down in the woods today you're sure of a big surprise! Dean Reddick's umbilical wires are left exposed in Polesden Lacey. Multi-coloured threads snake out of a tree, searching for a new ending or a new beginning. We'll let you decide. Our writer today is Natalie Low, read her response below.

Dean Reddick

First Responder: Natalie Low

You continue asking why
stones endure from fossil wood?

Under stress they petrify.

Such processes fortify,
having sucked what flesh they could.
You continue asking: why,

after organisms die,
when the breath is gone for good,
under stress they petrify?

I’m a glacier running dry,
not ablating as I should:
you continue asking why?

I am holding in a cry,
mineralised from pain withstood.
Under stress I petrify.

Even when I say goodbye,
emptying the spot you stood,
you continue asking why
under stress I petrify?


Dean Reddick is an artist and an art therapist. He frequently works with casting process and loves drawing trees.

Natalie Low is a creative knitter, stitcher and quilter. She lives in London, UK with her charming family. She has published two chapbooks Dementia (2015) and School Run (2017).

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