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Artist:  Patricia Collins

Genre:  Pop

Her Art:

Patricia Collins creates mixed media works, with a focus on painting & printmaking, including murals, interactive mixed media constructions/installations. Many of her works comment on current issues and human rights, and her Future of the Past voting rights themed exhibition at Lesley University in Massachusetts was immediately inspiring. Her print for the show led to an interactive series culminating in Voting Priority 2020, presented at Florida Southwestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University campuses to engage students in the voting process.

“Combining a carnivalesque attitude with social commentary, I mix silhouettes of everyday life, stylized symbols, signage, and mythology-inspired imagery in my visual works,” Collins remarks. “Silhouettes of familiar images take on new meaning when an unexpected element is introduced/juxtaposed. The challenge to communicate an idea, suggest a narrative, a sense of place, or convey a concept is ongoing in my mixed media works. Cutouts, patterns, stencils, and the positive and negative space created are elements to explore and adapt to whatever medium I’m working with – painting, printmaking, interactive constructions/installations, murals, digital design, etc. – as each process opens to new possibilities.”

Collins is continually looking for public art opportunities and other projects into which she can incorporate viewer participation in her uncompromising quest to expand the visibility of art in the community.

“I have done two large mural projects, (each included working with high school or middle school student volunteers), a Pompano Beach public art commission, artwork for the Art Lives Here billboard project in Lee County and a light projection, Freedom to Run, Freedom to Breathe, Freedom to Be in response to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, dedicated to George Floyd.”

The latter was projected onto a 40 foot exterior wall at the Alliance for the Arts that looks out on motorists passing by on McGregor Boulevard.

Patricia’s participatory project, Creative Action Collaboration, was featured in the Collaboratory’s anniversary celebration. Pat invited attendees to interact with life-sized figures and draw symbols of their community interests on a wall as a growing installation.

Voting Priority 2020 was a response to the situation we found ourselves facing – voting during a pandemic – encouraging community engagement through interaction,” Patricia amplifies. “I also participated in the project Postcards for Democracy created by artists Beatie Wolfe and Mark Mothersbaugh. Their project was presented in an exhibition at the Bob Rauschenburg Gallery last summer, which included a number of my postcards.”

Other participatory art projects include The Primate Party at the Podium, a pop-up installation outside Faneuil Hall in Boston during the 2016 election season, Wall of Opinions, where participants made prints to express opinions on the border wall and Freedom Trail Photo Op: taking another look at freedom, a postcard series of photos taken along Boston’s Freedom Trail with a cardboard cutout of a child in a cage as a response to family-separation border policies.

Collins’ murals for Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in North Fort Myers and the Kappa Development Foundation in Fort Myers can be found on the cultureNOW website.

 

Bio

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Collins earned a BFA in Communications Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. There, Patricia’s artistic development was influenced and energized by the artists, music, street art and DIY gallery scene in Manhattan’s lower East side, where she lived. Regrettably, rising rents forced her to relocate. Fortunately for us, she chose to come to Southwest Florida. Since then, her work has been exhibited twice at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, the Florida Museum for Women Artists in Deland, Scope Miami, the Morean Arts Centerin St. Petersburg, and other venues.

Collins has exhibited her work in numerous group and solo shows. The latter include Past Present, Future Tense; Collier County Museum of the Everglades; Visual Rhythms, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center; and My Name Is Art, Howl Gallery, Ft. Myers, FL. Patricia’s limited edition artist book, Urban Anxieties, is in MoMA Queens Artists’ Books collection.

Patricia is currently working on her upcoming solo show, “Action Reaction Interaction,” which will be exhibited in the Florida Gulf Coast University ArtLab in March 2022.

November 5, 2021.

 

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