Bridget Collins is an artist originally from Minnesota who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
As I first came accross the series that Bridget names "Olly Olly Oxen Free" and was stunned by the images I saw, I first asked Bridget to tell me more about these series more specifically.
"I started working on Olly Olly Oxen Free two years ago, during a weird period of transition in my life. I had been going through a rough time emotionally and was finding it hard to feel connected or excited about things. I was also questioning my art-making process and trying to figure out what kind of photographer I wanted to be."
What led you to this process ?
I was inspired by work such as Uta Barth's "...and to draw a bright white line with light" and the humble act of making art at home. I wanted to try to make photographs using simple materials and gestures and challenge myself to observe things I had once ignored. Since I had been in this state of disconnection, I was drawn to objects used to explain intangible, overwhelming ideas, such as maps of the world and self-help books. A few of my photographs poke fun at these objects and the grandiose desire for order they represent.
The title, Olly Olly Oxen Free is a chant used in children's games to signal that its safe to come out of hiding without loosing the game, or "all outs are free". This phrase is of great comfort to me.
Some words on "Earth" and the other projects ?
The planets are given the same weight as a hand full of cherry tomatoes, a dandelion comforts a knife, I dip my hair in the lake across from my childhood home wearing my mother's dress, this is all okay because Olly Olly Oxen Free has been called, there is no risk of loosing the game. In the end, I think the work is a love-letter to loneliness, or a guide to escaping without ever leaving your house.
Recently, I have been working on collaborative projects. Collaborating is an entirely different process than making work alone, it is very exciting to bounce ideas off of other people and feel like what you are making is bigger than yourself. I traveled to Madeira where I stayed with four artist friends Kate Kornberg, Margot Holtman, Byrthe Lemmens, and Karoline Swiezynski. While we were there we made a website documenting our travels, Dear Madeira, and worked on Manic Botanic, a photo series celebrating female friendship.
I also regularly contribute to and help edit Packet Biweekly, an experimental publication that is now branching out into the third dimension.
(Interview by Alex Crétey Systermans)