As far back as I can remember, I have been a collector of things. From rocks and insects as a child, to boxes of broken technological objects today, I have been attracted to objects that inspire curiosity and wonder. Over time, my artistic practice has utilized this process of collecting and re-presenting. I choose objects according to their use, form, and context. In many instances, these found objects are molded, sometimes altered, and then reproduced into a new contextually suitable material.
It is the process of collection in itself that fuels my conceptual understanding of the object. My current work examines the following questions by dealing with themes of technology and the passage of time: How will the objects of our daily lives define us through the lens of history? What will citizens of the future think of our legacy of things? What objects will ultimately represent us? Will our technological objects define our culture, and perhaps be its greatest mystery? The objects I create put forth a possible future history.
Chris Collins is a sculptor and found object artist living and working in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Alabama, he received a BFA in painting from the University of Montevallo and an MFA from Memphis College of Art, and has spent the last decade working in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he has been primarily engaged with the metal casting process, working in several bronze foundries and becoming a highly skilled artisan. In addition to art making, he has participated in contemporary discourse as an educator, teaching at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and through operating Santa Fe Collective, an artist centered gallery space with his wife, artist Jennifer Joseph. His current work deals with themes of technology, science, nature and the passage of time.