Whether it be writing thoughts and experiences, passages from books I’ve read, or making lists of movies I‘ve watched, documentation has always been something I have needed to do.
It was with this group of animal paintings that it became clear to me that using brushes, paints, and canvas to make images is just another form of documentation. These simple animal forms are the space where I whittle down stockpiles of ideas to make images that act as vehicles to display my concerns about environmental decay. They are a product of my ruminations on time, which have taken shape as animals. Documentation captures a moment in time. Our environment is married to time.
Somewhere buried in this work are my feelings about time: Time terrifies me because it runs out, Time reassures me because it moves slowly and heals, and Time influences me to make records of the present that are essentially letters to the future.
A few of Collias’ solo showings include the Whitdel Arts Gallery in Detroit and the Chicago Creative Space Awards Ceremony in Chicago. He has been featured in Chicago Literati Magazine, and has shown at the Harold Washington Library. His work is in private residences and public collections throughout the Midwest, including the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL.