Multimedia artist Liz Collins draws from the materials, processes and techniques of textile and fabric media. Her work varies in scale from the object-based to the immersive and architectural, and straddles the divides between the functional, the decorative, and the expressive. We visited Liz in her Sunset Park studio, and she discussed why we need to transcend the age-old binary of craft vs. art, how her background as a fashion designer informs her current work, her love of LGBT books and queer art community, and the transformative experience of seeing art in collectors’ homes.
People, places and things mentioned: Roy McMakin, Donald Judd, Lucy Dodd, David Lewis Gallery, Jesse Reeves, Carrie Moyer, Tang Teaching Museum, Andrea Zittel, A-Z West, Fritz Haeg, J. Morgan Puett, Mark Dion, Beth DeWoody, Nancy Grossman, Bureau of General Services – Queer Division, The Center (LGBT Center, NYC), Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Knitting Nation, Gilbert Baker, Queer Threads, The Leslie Lohman Museum, chevrons
Cave of Secrets, Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, 2017-18