Colin Garrelts is a sculptural robotics and performance artist closing in on his last semester at the University of Minnesota Duluth before graduating. Majoring in general studio BFA and studying under David Bowen and Elizabeth James, he hopes to soon attend graduate school and eventually teach the arts that he loves to create. Colin has exhibited work both at the State Fair Fine Arts building and in the Tweed Museum of Art for his senior solo exhibition. For his current work, Colin creates surreal-like pieces but wants the compositions to read to a middlebrow audience. Much of his work focuses on social situations and the uncomfortable scenarios we experience everyday yet tend to tune out or even reject happening.
Dreams and imagination create the physical manifestations of my own experiences. This is how I comprehend inspiration. The images that transpire from my imagination are created to help me better understand how I'm feeling. While my ideas are forged from dreams, I keep in mind the ideology of a middlebrow surrealism. My focus is in social situations and seeing just how uncomfortable people can feel when experiencing my work. There is a beauty in observing the human condition. And when subjected to unfamiliar and distressing scenarios, it reveals the startling truth of how similar we all are and behave.