Elliot Collins

My name is Elliot Collins and I spent my formative years growing up in Rānui, West Auckland. I attended AUT intermittently from 2001 and graduated with a PhD in 2018. I have taken artist residencies in France, The Netherlands, and India and returned home to work at Auckland Museum. I married my wife in 2020 and we moved to her home of Waitara in Taranaki in 2021. I am an art tutor at Te Kura Matatini o Taranaki a small polytechnic in Ngā Motu New Plymouth and have a regular studio practice when I’m not wandering the west coast beaches or weeding the garden. 

I have an interest in making art and researching ideas about memory, time, and place. I have an interdisciplinary approach to art making with a focus on painting, photography, and sculpture. My work is poetic in nature and nostalgic in tone as I also use poetry and language to navigate my understandings of the world. 

The work, Untitled (the hue seed), arose after moving to Taranaki from Tāmaki Makaurau and noticing the change and impact of the seasons more profoundly. This oil painting uses language to create an image in the mind of the viewer and acts as an homage to time and the memory of spring arriving after winter. It is part of a larger metaphorical practice that utilizes language and painting to explore notions of memory, time, and ritual.