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I’m a visual artist, writer, and administrator. I make detailed drawings of marine invertebrates, prehistoric fossils, and overlooked life forms using analogue drafting tools and collage.

        Riveted by the complex anatomical and mechanical structures of these animals and colonies, I consider my drawings reverse dissections. Absorbing myself in each specimen and putting faith in deep geological time offers me a temporary life preserver to shush my concerns about humanity’s global environmental impact -- but I count fashion magazines, the modern laboratory, and engineering handiwork as cultural achievements worth exploring. A few laboratories I have collaborated with include the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, University of Texas Medical Branch Pathology department, and Emporia State University Geology Museum. I also write poems and short fiction about the horrifying rituals of adolescence, familial absurdities, and orienting the world as a Queer, lifelong pedestrian and cyclist. My writing has appeared in places such as AGNI, matchbook, and Sand Journal.

I am a proud member of Throughline, an artist-run space and collective group of artists in Houston, Texas.
Instagram: @colleenthespy

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