Puffy Bear Panda with Friends
Donna Collins, one of Kalamazoo’s most interesting and consistently fun independent artists, has a wonderful new blog, full of her strange and quirky pieces of art. An article about her in the Seattle Times said the following.
Her materials are a mixed bag of delights: glitter and brown wrapping paper, tempera paints and sewing notions. Her bright, exuberant 3-D pieces are framed in vintage windows; their funky wit and brilliant palette is truly irresistible.
Yet her art has rigor; its humor and its upbeat brilliance are double-edged. This has been recognized by her growing cult of collectors, which include the actresses Susan Sarandon and Roseanne, as well as their fellow L.A. resident Courtney Love.
The Kalamazoo Gazette has said this about her after a show here in Kalamazoo.
It’s refreshing to see that even though Collins has begun to sell more work and get some recognition for the sweet, free-wheeling, funny pieces that she has done up until now, she shows no inclination to stay safely within the confines of what has proven saleable.
Instead, she has followed her natural instincts and turned her attentions toward the mysteries of love, inspiration, and spirituality, delivering work that opens up new territory while retaining the unabashedly goofy wit, imagination and completely uncontrived sincerity that made her earlier works so appealing.
I have two pieces of her art at my house: a gigantic pink cat done in sparkly glitter, and a window dressing in which she has created an elaborate scene with mice and cats sitting down to drink tea. (The mice are created in the same way as the photo above.) Even after looking at them for years, they still give me a kick every time I see them.