The Rolls & Tubes Collective is comprised of four women photographers from California; Christy McDonald, Colleen Mullins, Jenny Sampson, and Nicole White. The commodification of the commonplace became a running theme of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Having made homebodies of us all, COVID-19 created absurd rolling shortages of flour, hair dye, and of course, toilet paper. This was the genesis of the ongoing work by the Rolls & Tubes Collective. In this work, each of the four artists reinterpreted a known image from the photographic canon utilizing toilet paper as a compositional element.
Rolls and Tubes started with an instagram account which led to numerous artist talks, panel discussions, podcasts, interviews, articles, online exhibits and even an in-person show in Philadelphia. Eventually we rolled it all into a book, a special edition and a website where we continue to sell prints. For copyright reasons I can't show the reference images here but you can see the whole project (and then some!) on our Instagram @rolls_and_tubes and on our website rollsandtubes.com where there are links to the original photographers' images.
Thee images are a selection of my work with the Rolls and Tubes Collective.