Colin is a passionate communicator, and he has a huge message to communicate.
Colin’s mission and his delight is to ‘text-map’ the world as it tumbles through time. He works in very simple materials in a
very direct manner. He uses paper and ballpoint pen, sometimes
interwoven with coloured pencil. Colin’s studio and his community
is Vincent’s Community art workshop in Wellington where he works
regular office hours.
Colin’s work might come under the title of ‘preacher art’, a category that applies to a manner of text-laden art from religious
southern small-town America. Colin creates lists of global and local
places and phenomena and he always locates himself and his station
within the mix. Indicated on all work is the date, often including the
season. The passage of time matters and is a real concern for Colin
in his work.
Each work is a cosmology of interconnectedness and a poem
or a prayer for good will, tolerance and peace across this infinite
The compositions are not planned; the process is intuitive, the
relationships between areas of colour and open space are organic
responses to the shape of the letters and the direction of the words.
Colin’s division of the words themselves is similarly organic and
free from conventions of grammar. What matters is that the words
and their meanings fit into the available space. What I read from his
drawings is the message “here we all are together, right now, it’s
miraculous, letís be nice to each other”.
But this is serious work. What is being communicated by this
process of intense filling-in is a sense of urgency and an anxious
concern that this message be impressed upon the world and the
audience, as it is pressed into the paper.