- 84.0 " x 60.0 "
- Mixed media, oil and acrylic, found objects, historical pages, hand-fired resin.
This work, Axis, is part of the "Firelight" works, where Collins photographs horses reflected by firelight, and then conveys that mythical specter upon the canvas using texture and feel.
We are constantly amid changes in light around us... notice how the simplest object can become more beautiful when lit by the light of dusk. It is even more so with firelight...
Fire harkens back to our common human heritage, and sometimes to more personal memories... of family, of friends, of laughter... all highlighted by a flickering wave of warmth. That wave of warmth sits somewhere deep within us.
Fire and its light are somehow safety, in the same way the love of another envelopes us when we most need it.
Fire and its light are somehow power, harkening back to thousands of torches fending off attackers in days of old.
Fire and its light are somehow pure; there are no filters, no transmission lines, no chords. It is not made at some distant place, but rather simple, in front of us tangible and of nature.
By texture and abstraction, Collins has somehow allowed each of the above to come through. If you change your angle only slightly, the effect changes, and this is a beautiful, soft, flowing constant.
What is it that centers us, that provides that balance that makes all things possible? This work was painted such that it could be hung vertically and horizontally. Showing that our center never changes even if the configuration does.
Perhaps our Axis is really a reference to our moral compass, that inner voice that somehow always knows what the right decision is, even when we do not. It is both our spiritual center and our
mental center, for we are happiest when we are able to reach alignment in both.