Laura Collins is a visual artist based in Chicago, obtaining a Master of Fine Art in Painting + Drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2022, and now serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Painting Department. Collins also holds a Master of Arts in New Media and a Graduate Certificate in Women & Gender Studies from DePaul University. Previously, she earned a Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts in Painting from the University of Illinois.
"I work in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, and collage. I am interested in the mass circulation of both printed and digital imagery. My work opens a discourse on vulnerability, perceived confidence, and the objectification of women. I strive to humanize celebrities and create empathy through the exploitation of their candid faltering. My practice is an invitation to consider the absurdity of pageantry, a celebration of societal idolatry, and a beacon for popular culture fanatics."