Becca May Collins

In my dreams, 2020

Oil on Paper

25.6cm x 18.3cm


Welsh born, London based artist Becca May Collins creates memory painting work as a way of remembering places and objects. Above all, within her piece ‘In my dreams’, Collins uses the process of painting from memory to create this work in particular. In this case, being away from her home in Wales provoked her to begin her memory painting series ‘Home, Brecon Beacons’. In this series of paintings, she paints purely by visualising her memory of home. This means that she makes her final painting rich in nostalgia, hazy colours and vibrancy. 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, Collins most often explores the development of sentimentality towards a place. She works with locations, objects and spaces for an amount of time before making work around it. In many ways, she manifests her research into the intangible through conversing and exploring. For her memory painting works she ensures they are gentle, sensitive and considerate of time and memory. Usually she uses narrative imagery, drawing, painting and publications to express these themes. Above all, her work looks to highlight the importance of ‘place’ in an increasingly globalised world.

She holds her work in public and private collections, including the Royal Collection and she was a Bloomberg New Contemporaries Artist 2019.