My work combines natural, celestial and man-made elements in occasionally surreal compositions that explore light, memory, consciousness and change.
Currently, I am creating a series of monoprints as a continuation of the "Abandoned Series." Based on my early childhood perceptions of emotional abandonment, the series explores the journey from separation to connection as personified by an abandoned barn. The dramatic light on the structure serves as a vehicle for emotional expression, ranging from looming darkness to luminous, inner-light.
In monoprints, the marks are gestural and the images are distorted, which reflects the shifting nature of emotional memory and shifts the focus of the Abandoned Series from the barn itself to the feelings the images evoke.
From Austin, Texas, Colleen Blackard is based in Brooklyn, NY and creates drawings inspired by the light of the Texas night skies of her youth. She is a current recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and she received a BA from Hampshire College, MA. Her work has been featured in such venues as ACA Galleries, Owen James Gallery, and Brooklyn Fire Proof. She was featured in the Brooklyn episode of the Japanese travel show, Hotel no Madokora, and is represented by ISSO Gallery in Tokyo. Her drawings are in Pierogi Gallery's Flat Files in NYC and she was interviewed for their artists’ Q&A. Her work was also featured in Drawing Magazine.
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