Colleen graduated in fine art in 2005. She is a practising artist with a diverse range of interests including
music and the sounds of the human voice.
would describe my art as Process Oriented which essentially means I am
more focused on the order of making rather than creating a narrative or
My work has been described as ephemeral. I am interested in the
senses, in particular touch and through my love of music, sound for
it’s emotional content and sense of vibration and rhythms. Also
important are Japanese concepts such as Wabi Sabi, which means finding
beauty in the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete and Mono No Aware –
awareness of the transience of things or the ‘ahness’ of
I love the spontaneity and immediacy of making and using light and
shadow in different ways. In Photography, playing with different
processes in the warmth of the darkroom and using light and
experimentation to create images and reveal the unexpected is an
exciting way of working for me. I like the idea that on some
level I am not in control and I am working with what will be of its own
accord through the forces of energy or nature or whatever does have
All my work has aspects of memory within it, as essentially does
everything we create or do. For me this has been through the
memory of the transient feeling of a hug or a person’s hand-print
captured in wax or glass or through painting the shadows of roses in
the afternoon sun.
In a current collaborative on-going project
creating darkroom analogue selfies I have focussed on identity on a
personal level to capture an essence or the memory of what it is like
to be a child of apartheid and of mixed race. This project also invites
others to create their own ‘anaselfies’ and memory of themselves in
time and space.
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