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Jim Collins mixed media collages with assemblage frames are somewhat challenging in that the art is not finalized until the viewer completes it. In general, there is no prearranged single story, idea, or philosophy inherent in the work. Because the work is made of many parts on different layers each viewer will see different parts one at a time, and in turn will assign a value to each part of the work as it relates to the whole. That is within the viewer’s frame of reference. Specifically, some will see simple pattern or recognize symbols, a logo, or familiar images. All of the apparent parts will determine what is important to each individual in making up the art. Ideally, this experience will be much like the theater, in that the stage is set and the viewer writes the play. Continuing the rich tradition of storytelling in the South.

     Collins traveling exhibition, "IRISH ENCOUNTERS" 2010-2011 was seen at four venues in Ireland: Opened in June 2010 at The Blackbird Gallery in Kilkenny, the Basement Gallery in Dundalk, County Louth, Dooradoyle Library in County Limerick and finished the tour with a showing at RAU RED in Dublin in June 2011.
Also, Collins' Mixed Media Collages were featured with the "2011 Director's Choice", Solo Show as part of the 16th Annual National Exhibition, "SOUTHWORKS" at OCAF Gallery in Watkinsville Georgia.

The collages hit the road again with a Solo Showing at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina 2012. The show's title: ABSOLUTELY AMBIGUOUS
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