Originally from Alabama, Collins now lives and works in Atlanta. Her artwork has appeared locally, nationally and internationally, including a large-scale public artwork in Puebla, Mexico, as the Arquetopia artist in residence.
From the artist's statement:
Racial identity, for me, has neither been instantly formed nor conjured in isolation. Rather, identity entangles memory: actual and revisited, cultural and historical, individual and collective. Through the dissolution of dichotomies and the combination of objects, this work recalls for me moments in the formation of my racial identity as Black and Biracial. And each re-worked mark is another attempt to navigate the binary paradigm of race in the U.S. South by grasping invisible limitations and grounding myself within the collective African American visual narrative.
Whether black paper drawings, chalkboard erasures or layered vellum paintings, my work continues to evoke a longing for what author Rebecca Walker refers to as "the black outline around my body that everyone else seems to have.”
More photos after the jump.
(Unrelated). Free. Through Feb. 24. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Welch School of Art and Design Gallery, Georgia State University, 10 Peachtree Center Ave. www.gsu.edu/artgallery.
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