Mixed media assemblage on museum board, 12”x12”
Timothy Matthew Collins (b. 1981) is a collage artist, professional architectural designer, and architecture professor at the City College of New York (CUNY). Inspired by philosophy and theology—especially the works of Giorgio Agamben, Walter Benjamin, Léon Bloy, and G. K. Chesterton—his art focuses on the interactions between collage and the miniature. His recent projects explore Christian Eschatology through mixed media architectural models that incorporate found objects.
Artist’s Statement: This mixed media architectural model combines Catholic theology with collage techniques derived from early 20th century European Modernism, transforming the visual debris of our throwaway culture into a medium for prayer. Collage can preserve and even celebrate the discarded fragments prevalent today by identifying the source of their dignity in Christ’s incarnational reality. Praying before the Blessed Sacrament, I have often thought that it is not only humans who seek salvation in the Resurrection. I imagine the fallibility of matter itself, as it groans in its own decay, also sees fulfillment in Christ— with the Eucharist as a proleptic sign of this Eschatological materiality.