Bethany Collins

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Bethany Collins (American, b.1984) is a multidisciplinary artist whose conceptually driven work is fueled by a critical exploration of how race and language interact. In her Contranyms series, for instance, Collins transposes definitions from Webster’s New World Dictionary of American Language onto American Masters paper, then aggressively obscures much of the entries with an eraser. What remain are specific snippets of meaning that are poetically charged through their isolation, as well as the crumbled paper bits left behind by her erasing.

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Bethany Collins, The Birmingham News, 1963, 2017. Eighteen twice-embossed archival newsprint, 19 x 25 inches each. Image from Material Fact, PATRON Gallery, Chicago, IL.