Gaffa Gallery

Zara Collins

Lost in thought  

This exhibition is a search for mindfulness in uncertain times

Trying to make sense of the extraordinary force of nature, the fragility of existence and a year of unprecedented upheaval internationally – this exhibition is a search for mindfulness in uncertain times.

Zara Collins’ ninth solo exhibition Lost in thought is focused on the horizon – the apparent line that separates earth from sky, the line dividing all that is invisible into two categories: what is earthly and what is not. Through paintings and ceramic vessels she creates a place for the eye to rest and the mind to contemplate the moment.

Through a focus on surface texture and sgraffito Zara uses paint, wax and terra sigillata to allude to the whim of the weather and the ever-changing vanishing point where water or land seems to end and the sky begins.


Zara is an inter-disciplinary artist who has participated in over 200 exhibitions since 1999. Selected as a finalist in prestigious awards including Talente 2004 – Germany, Young Glass 2007 – Denmark, Ranamok Glass Prize 2001 & 2007; Contemporary Wearables 2001, 2015 & 2017 and Gold Coast International Ceramic Prize 2014. Zara won First Prize at the GAS International Student Award in 2000 in New York City & was a joint winner of the Erotica Art Prize in 2010. Her artworks are held in the Alex McKay Collection and the Manning Regional Gallery Collection. Zara has participated in numerous residencies nationally & internationally including the Jamfactory Metal Studio in 2003, Artspace/NSW Ministry for the Arts residency 2001, Dorothy Dwyer Studio at Bundanon Trust in 2019. In 2004 Zara went to Beijing for an artist residency through the Australia-China Council & DFAT, which has been a career hi-light.

Exhibition opening: Saturday 17 & 24 October, 10am – 5pm

15 Oct - 26 Oct

Gaffa Gallery

281 Clarence Street Sydney NSW 2000