(Studio Interior with Cats, 2020)
I just started a major piece of writing on Canadian artist Gerard Collins. I attended the Nova Scotia College of Art with Gerard between 1978 and 1979. We shared a painting studio there and his work has continued to be a source of fascination. This past summer he contacted me to see if I was still interested in writing a major monograph (book) on his work (after a few aborted attempts) and with a commitment of support from other sources we have begun the project in earnest. We now spend hours on the phone talking about his work, and about the millions of things that go into the making of his paintings. In this time of enforced isolation, having a project like this is, well... the cat's meow.