Evin Collis is a visual artist, animator and art educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Through a combination of drawing, painting, sculpture and stop-motion animation his work investigates the complexities of the degraded landscape and the human condition.
Many of the subjects are drawn from past personal experiences and of greater collective experiences. Previous employment as a porter on the Canadian transcontinental railroad has greatly influenced his works and vision. The work delves into the cultural myths, realities and spectres of history, colonialism, industrialization, class, the contradictions of progress, and Canadian identity.
The narratives tend to provoke the instability and fragility of human and animal existence and the vulnerabilities of modern life. Collectively the works conjure differing notions of symbolism, myth and place within contemporary culture while questioning society’s understanding and enduring relationships with land and ecosystems, the exploitation of natural resources and humanity.
Evin graduated with an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016, and has exhibited his work across Canada, the United States and Europe.