Becca May Collins

I am worried a lot, 2020

Oil on paper

13cm x 13cm


Welsh born, London-based artist Becca May Collins predominantly addresses sentimentality and nostalgia in her memory landscape work. In her painterly depictions, mostly Collins explores the evolving sentimentality that can be felt towards a place through memory landscape. As well as this, she draws on location to gain knowledge and understanding of a space. Afterwards, she reconstructs these scenes from memory in her studio. All in all, she gives the viewer an insight into the intangible in her memory landscape works. She explores the evolution of emotions felt towards a place, or a ‘sense of place’. She most often works with specific sites over time and she uses image-making as a way to materialise hazy and warped memories. In turn, these strengthen her connection to a place and the objects that live in those places. She currently makes work around the theme of the Home.

As an artist, she explores the development of sentimentality towards a site. Above all, she concerns herself with drawing attention to the emotional relationships with domestic environments. Through this, Collins creates a memory landscape, treating it as a snapshot of a time and place. She often focuses her work around sites, places and memories linked to personal memory and nostalgia. In particular, for her series ‘Home, Brecon Beacons’ she created a number of paintings made by memory. She depicts the Welsh landscape in such a way that it becomes elusive and dream-like. All in all, she makes her compositions vibrant and figurative, due to the nature of which they are painted.