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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.

   Two of the collages from the WOOING OF ETAIN SERIES, were purchased for the permanent collections of the LaGrange Art Museum and Lamar Dodd Art Center in Lagrange, Georgia from the Southeast Regional Biannual Exhibition, 2018.

Portrait Of Etain
The Clones Of Etain

A few years ago, Collins traveling exhibition, "IRISH ENCOUNTERS" was seen at four venues in Ireland: Opened 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.

Mixed media collages are always on view at THE BASCOM Art Center in Highlands, NC


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