Collecting and Purging is a solo exhibition of minimal fiber-based paintings by Colleen Heslin. These large-scale paintings are meditations on essential colour relationships, line, pattern and form. Heslin is interested in the relativity of colour, how one can activate another, our psychological relationships with colour as a tool for our own identities, as well as its utility, illusion, limits and potential.
Known for her innovative, textile-based methods, Colleen Heslin’s work considers histories of art and craft along with social aspects of gender and labor. Her work engages medium crossovers between fiber, painting and sculpture, including dye, sewn fabric, rope and metal. Heslin plays with expectations and perception within the medium of painting, its definitions, classifications and hierarchies.