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Alexandra Phillips
updated: 01/03/2013
website: www.alexandraphillips.ca
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Untitled Rune (1)
Untitled Rune (2)
Untitled Rune (3)
Untitled Rune (4)
Long Rune
Lost Face
Blind Spot
Graft
Closure
Diplomacy
Overflow (1)
Overflow (2)
Overflow (3)
Its Become Your World and You its Unshaved King
Its Become Your World and You its Unshaved King (detail)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, abstract, language, pattern, site-specific, landscape, mapping, political, nature
 
 
Untitled Rune (1) by Alexandra Phillips
Untitled Rune (1)
graphite on paper
2007
25" x  20" 
Untitled Rune (2) by Alexandra Phillips
Untitled Rune (2)
graphite on paper
2007
25" x  20" 
Untitled Rune (3) by Alexandra Phillips
Untitled Rune (3)
graphite on paper
2007
25" x  20" 
Untitled Rune (4) by Alexandra Phillips
Untitled Rune (4)
graphite on paper
2007
25" x  20" 
Long Rune by Alexandra Phillips
Long Rune
graphite on paper
2007
264 " x  60 " 
Lost Face by Alexandra Phillips
Lost Face
ink on paper
2011
11 " x  15 " 
Blind Spot by Alexandra Phillips
Blind Spot
ink on paper
2011
11 " x  15 " 
Graft by Alexandra Phillips
Graft
acrylic ink on paper
2011
11 " x  15 " 
Closure by Alexandra Phillips
Closure
mixed media on paper
2012
11 " x  15 "  x 6.5 " 
Diplomacy by Alexandra Phillips
Diplomacy
acrylic ink on paper
2012
11 " x  15 "  x 1.5 " 
Overflow (1) by Alexandra Phillips
Overflow (1)
watercolour and acrylic ink on paper
2012
15 " x  11 " 
Overflow (2) by Alexandra Phillips
Overflow (2)
watercolor and acrylic ink on paper
2012
15 " x  11 " 
Overflow (3) by Alexandra Phillips
Overflow (3)
watercolor and acrylic ink on paper
2012
15 " x  11 " 
Its Become Your World and You its Unshaved King  by Alexandra Phillips
Its Become Your World and You its Unshaved King
mixed media
2012
87 " x  16 "  x 42 " 
Its Become Your World and You its Unshaved King (detail) by Alexandra Phillips
Its Become Your World and You its Unshaved King (detail)
mixed media
2012
87 " x  16 "  x 42 " 

Artist Statement

Runes From a Northern Highway

These five images are from a series of impressions of a rural highway in northern Canada. Few human constructions are subjected to as much environmental pressure as northern roads, and this one is no exception. Heavy summer traffic and extremes of weather have scarred its surface, leaving radial fissures and rhomboid cracks that evoke the character of a mysterious language. The decay of the road also records the neglect of northern infrastructure once its resources have been extracted for southern development. In addition to a literal description of environmental effects, these images also reflect the dystopic social and political geography of Canada’s north.

The Probe Heads: Dismantling the Face Machine

“The face has a great future, but only if it is destroyed, dismantled."

                                     Deleuze and Guattari

In The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life Erving Goffman points to the origins of the word “person” which originally meant “mask.”  He argues this is a recognition of the fact that everyone is “more or less consciously, playing a role…in so far as this mask represents the conception we have formed of ourselves-this mask is our truer self.”

In their essay on Faciality Deleuze and Guattari identify the face as the site of social production of this performative self, a production that encodes the hierarchies of bodies through signifiers such as race and gender. They call for an end to the operations of the face machine through “deterritorialization,” a process of making things unfamiliar and setting “faciality traits free like birds.”

The “probe-heads” answer this call to dismantle the operations of the face machine. Not conventional portraits, the disembodied faces resist easy signifiers such as “personality,” “character,” or “expression.” They point instead to the masks of personhood, the binary nature of identity, and the social construction of the self.

 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

1995-97 MA, University of Washington
1993-95 MFA, University of Washington
1974-78 AOCA, Ontario College of Art

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2010 Safe Assembly, VIVO, Vancouver
2007 New Forms Festival, Vancouver
2006 Embodiment: Gender + Culture + Action, Women’s Studies Biennial, University of Detroit
2005 Arts 2005 Juried Art Competition, Surrey Art Gallery
2004 Out of Line: A Juried Drawing Exhibition, Surrey Art Gallery
Women in the Middle: Borders, Barriers, Intersections, University of Wisconsin
2003 8th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, University of Hawaii
Artropolis, CBC Broadcast Center, Vancouver
Working Drawings, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver
Working in the Dirt, Dirt Gallery, Kansas City
14th Annual Greater Midwest International Exhibition, Central Missouri State University Art Center Gallery
1998 18th Annual Northwest International Art Competition, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham
North of the 49th° Six Vancouver, BC Artists, Viking Union Gallery, Western Washington University
1997 2nd Annual National Competition, SITE, Los Angeles
Celebrity: Figures of Worship, Fame, Fortune, Heroism, and Infamy, Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle
1996 Left, Right, and Center, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
1996 New American Talent, Austin Museum of Art

AWARDS

2005 1st Place (Sculpture), Arts 2005 Juried Art Competition, Surrey Art Gallery
2004 Honourable Mention, Out of Line: A Juried Drawing Exhibition, Surrey Art Gallery
1999 Juror's Award, 14th Annual Greater Midwest International Exhibition
1998 Juror’s Award, 18th Annual Northwest International Art Competition
1997 Creation/Production Grant, The Canada Council
Seattle Art Museum Fellowship
1996 1st Place, Left, Right, and Center, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
Juror’s Merit Award, New American Talent: The Twelfth Exhibition
1995 Collector's Award, North American Sculpture Exhibition

EMPLOYMENT
2005- 11 Associate Professor, Emily Carr University of Art and Design