Born in Tunisia, Colette grew up in France before moving to America to begin her art career in New York City. Art critics have credited Colette’s innovative street performances in the 1970s with bringing public attention to the avant-garde art form. Additionally, Colette’s multimedia installations in Manhattan, Berlin, and Rome conveyed decisive attention to the genre. Colette has been widely recognized for her influence on Pop culture, including manifestations in the personas of Madonna and Lady Gaga. Colette’s work has taken on many themes, from mythological archetypes to dramatic fantasies to celebrations of the feminine and the divine. She is well known for the elaborate fabric environments she creates, and her installation in the Brinkerhoff Mansion on the Benedictine University at Springfield campus included live models and a transformative tribute to Laboratoire Lumiere.
Tags: AY 2012-2013