Recent Press:

"Caitlin G. McCollom: The Artist is Present" by Brian Fee for New American Paintings

"Blood and White" review by Caitlin Greenwood for The Austin Chronicle

"Open Corpus" Review by Charlie Arnold for Art and Arnold

 

 

 

Through indirect abstractions Caitlin McCollom wishes to represent the quiet 

panic of the disordered mind and the beautiful decay of the diseased body. The 

paintings are made using acrylic paint, oil paint, varnish, ink and watercolor on 

synthetic paper. Employed is a limited palette of neutral colors and red. Each 

color has a supreme symbolic meaning. Red always represents the physical 

body—blood, viscera, decay, and visual physicality of the body itself. The neutral 

warm and cool beiges represent the outward flesh, the reality of the world and 

the prison of the body. The anfractuous nature of the intestines is sampled in the 

deliberately curling strokes, and the pooling of the various flesh colored materials 

is meant to recall medical images. White, the most sacred color, is always about 

the existential void. White is the unknowable space that the mind contemplates. 

The whiteness of the paper always surrounds the painted image, so that each 

one is immersed in the chaos of the mind and appearing as a religious icon. The 

work however, though its conceptual matter is rooted in the presence of body 

and mind related distress, is meant to be a visual experience of beauty. 

Reframing the human reaction to disease with disgust into one of curiosity is a 

primary objective within the work.

The paintings are corporeal and existential in nature; reacting to the body, the 

greater reality, and the existential space that is explained in theory by 

philosophers, theologians, and mystics while exploring a personal existential 

pathology— a physical fear reaction to meaninglessness. Her work interprets the 

internal body, external reality, and the mysterious unknowable aspects of 

existence.