Artist: Timothy Matthew Collins
I developed a fascination and affection for discarded objects while I was a child, playing among the driftwood and ephemera that washed ashore along Lake Erie outside Buffalo, New York. After years of experimentation I have come to believe that every discarded fragment is a piece of the True Cross, with collage as an eschatological praxis in miniature — recovering and transforming the rubbish of history into renewed life. By organizing these fragments spatially into mappings or models, I try to create synthetic environments that comment on our contemporary condition.
Timothy Matthew Collins is an architectural designer with the luxury firm D'AquinoMonaco and an adjunct assistant professor of architecture at the City College of New York (CUNY). His attention to detail and passion for physical modeling using different mediums has led him to write, lecture, and be a guest critic at universities such as Carnegie Mellon, Hunter College, Pratt Institute, and Parsons School of Design. With a background in freehand drawing, architectural design, and visualization, his work has been featured in museum collections as well as multiple exhibitions both in the United States and abroad in Italy and Germany. Timothy received his MArch from Syracuse University’s Graduate School of Architecture in Florence, Italy and BArch from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union in New York City. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Timothy now spends his time between Brooklyn, NY and Singapore.