Elliot Collins

Change the World Gently


Oil paint on linen

1000mm (H) x 800mm (W) x 50mm (D)


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Artist Statement

This work speaks more of a future portrait, or mantra. Change the world gently or not at all. If I can achieve that then maybe, I’ll be a fully realized self. Attach the buttons is a nostalgic reference to a simpler time. I have vivid memories of my mum sewing buttons back on to shirts, or was it my grandmother?

Mend the tears holds the double meaning, literally fixing things that have been broken in two, torn, and mending reasons for someone to tear up or have tears form. This feels more like caring.

Heads up is yet another reminder to self, with a propensity to lower my head in thought or in introversion, it reminds me to lift my eyes, another hopeful act.

Hearts buried, warm in our chests, is a final inward and most introverted reference to protect that thing most precious. This painting is a self-portrait that looks out and invites others in, part mantra, part instruction for future contemplation. 

About the Artist

Elliot Collins

I am a text based artist who works in an interdisciplinary way incorporating painting, language, photography, installation and sculpture to discuss ideas of time, memory and ways we interpret our environment. I am interested in the art that can inform our lives and can be used as a filter or divining tool to see the world we inhabit with greater clarity and purpose. I live and work in Taranaki after moving from Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland in 2021 which has given me an even greater perspective and insight as to the power and purpose of a creative practice.
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