Referencing the quilting tradition of Crazy Quilts which utilizes irregular pieces of fabric and asymmetrical designs, Phillips mines and assembles cut paper into elaborate patterns in a compressed picture plane which create dizzying and joyful compositions. Susie Phillips’s works continue to indulge in romantic energy and speak to modernist traditions of skewed perspective, flattened subject matter and bold palette.
Combining her desire to piece, cut and paste with an excavation of her creative past and its many layers, Susie Phillips uncovered a chronicle composed of artifacts and ruins; broken bits and discarded ideas; hoards and stashes; papers, notes and stacks of sketch books. To There & Back is the result of Susie Phillips’ asking: What would happen if I brought these bits and pieces to present time and used them to create something fresh and current, an expression of “now”, while indulging in the mystery of inspiration?
Susie Phillips received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University in 1992. She has been exhibiting her work in Dallas since 1978 and became affiliated with Conduit Gallery in 1988. Ms. Phillips is well collected in numerous private and corporate collections including; A.T. & T., Neiman Marcus, Southern Methodist University, Delta Airlines, Fulbright & Jaworski, Chautaugua Art Association A.H. Belo, Southwestern Bell, American Airlines, Crescent Collection and the Barrett Collection.