Elliot Collins

New Zealand was a Wilderness


Oil paint on linen

1350mm (H) x 2000mm (W) x 50mm (D)


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Artist Statement

While walking on the Routeburn track a strange epiphany occurred that this contemporary Aotearoa was once a wild place. And it was perceived as such by early settlers both Māori, Pākehā, Tauiwi. I use this expression as a positive thing, an exciting and full wilderness ready for adventure. Now we follow tracks looking for that wilderness again.

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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