This work is based on a personal narrative entwined with breast cancer experiences. Using calming qualities within colour choices and materials, this work evocatively expresses the intimate conversations between the cancer survivor and the artist. The combination of the poem and imagery of a natural healthy breast alongside the raw traumatized and exposed sick breast, embodies the effects of chemotherapy. Consisting of large and small watercolour pieces, and an embroidered poem on calico, the work invokes the emotional journey of illness and regrowth.
Hi my names Alicia Collins, I am a third year Creative Art student at Latrobe University, majoring in Visual Arts. My practice resides in playing and evolving through a range of mediums. Originally binding myself to photography as a flat and simple form of working, oil and watercolour painting have become new mediums that I have thoroughly enjoyed throughout my last year of study. For the Latrobe Arts Festival, I will be showcasing work of a personal narrative, a watercolour piece that looks deep into one’s experience in illness. Throughout the pandemic I have been motivationally challenged. As I began to turn my practice into more abstract and fluid tactile forms, I began to enjoy the play of art as I resisted the urge to pressure myself for perfection. As I approach the tail end of my bachelor's degree, I look to take a year off studying to work whilst continuing to playfully, intuitively and meditatively create works in order to stay in the present.