COLLIN WATTS

2020 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS GRADUATE

EMPHASIS IN PAINTING

My work showcases my reluctance to accept the nature of my reality and the multiple stages towards acceptance and resolution. The process is aggressive and also meditative, relying on my emotions and chance to fuel the physical labor and hard work combined with reflection and intentionality to create polarity. Having a strong relationship and history with woodworking, my method involves using hardware tools to essentially torture the surface before working into it with paint. transforms them into locations devoid of life. However, this highlights the lack of human presence.

CURRENTLY WORKING ON EXPANDING THE BODY OF 

WORK HE STARTED FOR BFA

Newest piece created during quarantine. If anything this time has done for me it has allowed me to grow and overcome any fears or doubts I may have had in my life and it is very much shown in this piece. I incorporated some of the harsh surface treatment I’ve been working with as I developed my process this year. I think I’ve grown to view balance in my art now as the wayparts of the piece are rendered and not so much a literal depiction of it.

So we have this highly rendered image that is a reflection on my past works and then this expressive, destructive, physical part of the work that creates a polarity. I was doing a lot of research prior to this piece on Greek Mythology and looked heavily into Apollo and Artemis.

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BFA THESIS PROJECT

My actual process is aggressive and also meditative relying on emotions and the chance to fuel the physical labor then combined with reflection and intentionality to create polarity. Having a strong relationship and history with woodworking, my method involves using hardware tools to torture the surface before working into it with paint.

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