Paul Collins

Region: South


 After thirty years as a studio artist, I’ve pivoted to making art in public in an attempt to work in a way that is visible and meaningful, both politically and aesthetically. I make onsite drawing essays that meditate on place, history, ecology, and community dynamics. For each project I select a site that is hyperlocal but underexamined. A fine starting point is any site that embodies a personal locus of assumption and ignorance. I’ve painted at court, at polling locations during the last few elections, at my local gas station, a soup kitchen, a car wash, a nightclub . . . Last winter I set my sights on stepping off the curb, away from traffic and into the woods. I gave each piece a day, and all were completed in whatever that day’s changing weather happened to deliver. Rain, sleet, and mist proved fine collaborators.