Fall 2021

Eileen Siobhan Collins

Artist Statement

I enter my studio with the intense desire to make something new something not like everyday reality. Often I make things that do not meet my original intentions, but persistently invite me back to experience the synchronistic unity that happens when diverse elements come together in an unanticipated way. My work is inspired by the subtle relationships of color, line and proportion that evoke a feeling of something nonverbal, but also express the observed order and beauty of nature and the built environment.

Learning to be lost is the essence of my process and it is what I would describe as the wonderful mystery of art-making. Not knowing is where I begin or will end. The creative process invites me to change and grow, it parallels all of the dynamics of life and what I love. Choosing a particular color or a shape is all I need to begin. I am particularly inspired by patterns, color, movement and line and how they establish spatial relationships that reflect an alternative, yet somehow authentic reality.

My favorite art quote: “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” —Thomas Merton

"The Joy of life"
30"x 34"
Oil on Canvas