Colleen Blackard is a Brooklyn artist who recently returned home to Austin, TX. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Studio Art at The University of Texas in Austin, and received her BA from Hampshire College, MA. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and has completed residencies at Atelierhaus Hilmsen, Germany, Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat, Co. Kerry, Ireland, Jentel in Wyoming, and PLAYA in Oregon. Her work has been shown in such venues as ACA Galleries and Owen James Gallery in NYC and Foltz Fine Art and Redbud Gallery in Houston. Her drawings are in Pierogi Gallery’s Flat Files and she was interviewed for their artists’ Q&A. Her work has also been featured in Drawing Magazine and Artspace.
I am fascinated by the evolving atmosphere that light creates around transient subjects such as storms, nightscapes, and other emotionally-charged spaces. My work explores the phenomenon of being immersed in these realms. By recalling dreams and memories of the natural world, I utilize methods of printmaking, drawing, painting, and scenic art to connect external and internal landscapes. My finished work becomes a traceable imprint of this exploration.