Julia Phillips

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Negotiator (#1), 2020

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“Julia Phillips creates objects that threaten to do something. Although made with elegant restraint, her works are at once menacing and attractive. They are simple and efficient forms, yet they suggest complex scenarios. Combinations of extreme psychic, social, and physical situations and interactions are evoked by her sculptures.”

—Ruba Katrib

Negotiator (#1), 2020

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Mediator, 2020

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“The theories that feed my interest are colonial histories, gender studies, Black feminist thought, psychoanalysis, and questions of belonging. The conceptual framework my work originates from is about observations of relations. Oppressive, codependent, but also supportive.”

—Julia Phillips

Mediator, 2020

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Observer II, 2020

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“Because the functionality of an object serves as a metaphor and a play with imagination, I think of the tools and apparatuses as being in a passive state. They are nonactivated devices, almost like domestic tools hanging in a broom closet. The fragility of ceramics also negates actual use.”

—Julia Phillips

Observer II, 2020

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Oppressor with Soul, In Treatment & Suppressor with Spirit, In Treatment, 2020

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“I think part of my desire is to give the psyche a visual, nonverbal language, and a voice that can be heard by a broad range of audiences, ideally. What we do with what we hear is our own responsibility.”

—Julia Phillips

Oppressor with Soul, In Treatment & Suppressor with Spirit, In Treatment, 2020

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  • Exhibition on view at Matthew Marks Gallery, New York through October 17. To make an appointment, please call 212-243-0200 or click here.

    To inquire about available works, please contact Beau Rutland at 212-243-0200 or email beau@matthewmarks.com.

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