Joanna Collins

Joanna Collins


“Executing the childhood memory by mimicking the object, my work collects the found and creates my own conventional display”


What is your artwork about? Tell us about your subject matter.

The subject of my work is quite confessional, my practice continuously questions childhood memory and my own personal repression from that. The found object and collecting this has always been evident in my work, I'd definitely say that the object is a certain subject. Overall, the subject of my works are always fusing with philosophy and literature, my own consumption is often reflected in my work. Installation is the best way to display my work, I'm intrigued by the viewers reaction and what it evokes during their experience of the installation.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you or effected your work?

Getting caught into the mundane of daily existence. Mental health, my old CAMHS records. Getting older, my parents divorcing, moving houses, the shops my mother would drag me to every weekend (peacocks, poundland, dorothy perkins, shoezone, woolworths).

Tell us about your background, where did you grow up and where did you study art?

I grew up in Exmouth, a small town in Devon. I studied a BTEC at Petroc College in Tiverton and I've just finished my BA in Fine Art at Bath Spa University. I never really missed my home town but I did feel a little out of place being a Devonshire dumpling whilst everyone else was mostly from big cities.

How has your practice change over time?

At the end of college my work considered installation but at the start of art school I was almost forcing myself to fuse together painting and performance and collage. Looking back now, the work was fragmented in the way I'd display too. Over time I was more aware of the viewer and how to include them rather than alienate them, that's definitely the biggest change in my practice alongside including work that crossed disciplines. 

Can you tell us about your approach to a new project? How do you find a starting point?

My ideas for a new project always start the same - I get the best ideas when I'm about to fall asleep or on the bus, keeping a sketchbook close is always a good idea. Sometimes I listen to the same album on repeat for a week or two, making notes of the lyrics or deconstructing the sentences, I then paste these together with imagery from stock images, found images or my own images. Once I've got something down on paper, I draw for a couple of days. From then on I make and make and make but equally make a big effort to research and read.

Name some artists you're inspired by, and why?

I like the works of Camille Yvert, Holly Hendry, Ivan Argote, Jeanie Riddle and Kerstin Bratsch. They all share the common them of the object, text or colour which I find highly influential. Some are quite abstract but some are heavily using text, this cross over gives the viewer more context to the work but also an experience to walk through or around. 

Tell us about your studio and your routine?

I haven't had a studio for nearly a month but my last studio was quiet but always open to conversation and ideas. My routine during this time fluctuated but I'd mostly work at night (5-6pm - 10pm) sleep until 10am, research/make and back to the studio for 5.  

Do you have any news, projects or shows coming up?

I currently have my graduate show at Bath School of Art and Design until next week and then have a month residency in Bulgaria during November. 

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