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Kerry Phillips

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

One grandmother kept things; another was a Grand Storyteller. Under those influences, I create sculpture & installation working intuitively in response to place and found objects, using what may be familiar in new unexpected ways. I work with tacitly rich objects eliciting relationships of a collective narrative while challenging notions of place and consumption. My work honors the memory that objects hold - of those who have touched it, loved it, used it, left it behind, and eventually discarded it - opening the door for new connections to be formed. I try to always enlist participation, whether in the gathering of materials or through performative interactions bringing a sense of shared experience into the final work. My process is playful, similar to improv, where I create the work in union with the materials, coaxing them to try new things as I respond to what it seems they will or will not do.

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