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Christine Collins

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

 

Christine Collins was born in New York City and lives and works in Boston, MA.  She teaches photography at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the Maine Media Workshops.  Her work is represented by Jen Bekman Gallery in NYC. www.christinemcollins.com


About the Artist: 

 

Recently, I have been thinking about how the sustainable food movement has helped to change our relationship to the landscape.  Local farms have become temples to this movement.  These romanticized patches of land become backdrops for our fantasies about our participation in the landscape.  Vegetables procured from Community Supported Agriculture groups enjoy a privileged status and suggest a better life through food. By photographing the farms and crops, I am referencing the art historical impulse to use food as allegory, and a more contemporary relationship to the natural world.

 

My series “The Keepers” looks at people who are keeping beehives in suburban areas. Once limited to more rural areas, the practice of beekeeping participates in our fantasies about a suburban utopia, where we attempt to achieve both a pastoral and domestic landscape.  Beekeeping speaks to our desire to “hold” nature in the face of an increasingly disconnected culture.  I see these people as facilitators, and I think about how the small action of placing a hive in a backyard has broad implications about our desire for an interconnectedness with nature.

 

There is a kind of magic in beekeeping.  I am making pictures that suggest ceremony, ritual, and mystery of survival.


Featured Visual Artist:  Season 12, Concert 3: Thursday, May 10, 2012

 

 

 

 

Event sponsored in part by

Best Bees Company and

Follow the Honey, Inc.