The second of Henry Driver's perspex sculptures, a microscopic slice of sugar beet, is placed at the Abbey Gardens end of Northgate Street. The response is by Natalie Low.
Privilege is not like a pie -
something you can slice up
and share out so everyone gets a bit.
It is more like a virus
(with symptoms of blue blood),
invisible and some people are immune.
It could even be a gene
That swims through generations
And occasionally there is a mutation.
If we could freeze-dry it
It would taste cold and sweet
Like a frozen raindrop.
But if you try to grab it
It snaps like French toast
And coats your fingers with dust.
Henry Driver works at the intersection of art and technology. A commission for a permanent work for Cressing Temple Barns by Essex County Council in 2019 demonstrated his interest in organic forms and changing agricultural practices. He has exhibited widely internationally and in galleries in the UK included Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, the Barbican and The Whitechapel Gallery. Most recently he was selected by leading curators as one of the top fifteen young artists working in the UK, for the Kleinwort Hambros Emerging Artists Prize 2019. www.henrydriverartist.com; Twitter @henrydriver_; Instagram @henrydriver_
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 contributed to groving: Acts of Resistance in 2019 and is a regular contributor to CollectConnect exhibitions, both as a writer and artist/maker. Instagram nat.low