Colleen Plumb (American, born Chicago, IL) makes photographs, videos, and public video projections investigating contradictory relationships people have with animals. Her recent projects explore the way animals in captivity function as symbols of persistent colonial thinking, that a striving for human domination over nature has been normalized, and that consumption masks as curiosity. Plumb’s work sheds light on abnormal behaviors of captive animals in order to bring attention to implicit values of society as a whole, particularly those that perpetuate power imbalance and tyranny of artifice.
Colleen Plumb lives in Chicago and has taught photography and video at Columbia College Chicago since 1999. Her career in art first started in college learning to draw at the University of Illinois; graduating in 1992 with a BFA from Northern Illinois University in Visual Communication. After this time she worked as a graphic designer for several years until seeking her degree in photography. In 1999 Plumb received an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago where she is currently an adjunct faculty member.