From "The Future of the Past" Series
"Combining a carnivalesque attitude with social commentary, I layer stencils, shapes & silhouettes of everyday life, stylized symbols, signage, and mythology inspired imagery in my paintings, prints and mixed media works. Fragments of narratives filter through - the daily news feed mixing with the mundane, frivolous & familiar - creating juxtapositions that may question, alter or reinforce their purpose, and take the personal and quirky towards the universal, or the other way around.
The print featured here represents the women of the original suffrage movement and all women who have followed, continuing the struggle to provide those rights for all. Their silhouettes overlap and merge in Past Present, Future Intentions, the women of the past always present in the ongoing movement of securing voting rights moving forward into the future."
~ Patricia Collins
Visual artist Patricia Collins creates mixed media works, including painting and printmaking, and in recent years has focused on murals, and interactive mixed media constructions/installations. Born & raised in Massachusetts, she earned a BFA in Communications Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Living and working in New York’s Lower East Side, energized by artists, street art and a DIY gallery scene influenced her artistic development, but rising rents forced her to relocate, and Collins moved to southwest Florida. Since then her work has been exhibited twice at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL; the Florida Museum for Women Artists, Deland, FL; Scope Miami, the Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, and other venues. Solo shows include the Collier County Museum of the Everglades, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, and Howl Gallery, Ft. Myers, FL. Her limited edition artist book, “Urban Anxieties”is in MoMA Queens Artists’ Books collection. Collins’ murals for Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, North Ft. Myers, FL, and the Kappa Development Foundation, Ft Myers, FL can be found on the cultureNOW website. She has staged various participatory art pieces including “The Primate Party at the Podium”during the 2016 election season as a pop-up installation outside Faneuil Hall in Boston, and in Ft. Myers, FL; and “Wall of Opinions”, where viewers made a print to express their opinion on the border wall. While in MA teaching set design at Theater camps the last two summers, Collins created the “Freedom Trail Photo Op: taking another look at freedom”, a series of photos taken along Boston’s Freedom Trail with a cardboard cutout of a child in a cage, as a response to family separation policies at the border. As many of her works are commentary on current issues and human rights, the Future of thePast exhibition theme was immediately inspiring, and she responded with a print meant to acknowledge the spirit of the suffragettes throughout the never ending struggle to provide voting rights to all.