A subversive statement in neon pink
This neon pink work, ‘A Bigger Ripple’ – (Raspberry Ripple) by Tony Heaton is humorous, subversive and political. A playful typescript, it could be superficially read as a fun image, reminiscent of ice cream, funfairs, seaside, sweet and fruity.
There is a deficit in this installation: the letter “P” is missing from the vertical word, “Rasberry”; a silent letter, seen but not heard. The horizontal word “Ripple” already has two letter “Ps” – it could be considered that three is a crowd. The form is a cross. It isn’t a crucifix, but there is a sacrifice of sorts.
With Raspberry Ripple, Heaton plays on the rhyming slang for “cripple”, arguing that, “words can oppress us but we cripples resurrect it in Crip culture and Crip humour; it’s ours alone to own”.
Raspberry Ripple also appeared as a projection at Lumiere London 2018
About Tony Heaton
Tony Heaton is a sculptor and performance artist who interweaves disability issues into traditional and discarded materials.
Tony Heaton has worked in the field of disability, diversity and social justice for his whole career, with experience gathered from working as a Field Officer for RADAR (now Disability Rights UK), Development Officer for NACAB Citizens Advice, Director of Holton Lee and most recently as Chief Executive, and now Chair of Shape Arts, a disability-led arts organisation working with major cultural institutions and disabled people as artists and audiences.