Elliot Collins

Sacred Bodies


Oil paint on linen

600mm (H) x 400mm (W) x 50mm (D)


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Artist Statement

I often find myself staring out to sea, especially now that I'm here in Waitara. But this work is more about longing to belong to Aotearoa the way only tangata whenua can be. Theirs are the sacred bodies who are called across the great ocean, at home in the Pacific, not tourists, just passing by.

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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