About Wild Silence | David Charles Collins
Photographic artist David Charles Collins was born in Perth, and is currently based in Sydney. Over recent years he has gained growing national attention for his richly sensual photographic and video works, that reference the aesthetics of high-Renaissance painting to critically comment upon the hedonism, decadence and apathy of his generation.
In 2016 FORM invited Collins to undertake a residency in the southern Goldfields-Esperance region, and commissioned him to create a new body of botanically-themed photographic works as part of our research into a potential wild flower-themed cultural trail through Western Australia’s south.
Collins’ residency was concieved to accompany street artist Amok Island’s silo mural project in the town of Ravensthorpe, by providing professional development for local residents in the form of a workshop during the annual Ravensthorpe Wildflower Festival. Collins was selected based on feedback from creatives in the region, that there was local interest in acquiring new skills in photography technique.
During his residency Collins developed a new series of photographs documenting local orchids. In striking contrast to his previous works, these images have a stark and minimal beauty, representing a new direction in his career. Outcomes of this exhibition will exhibit at FORM Gallery Perth on Friday, 9th June.