Heather Phillipson

detail from 'sub-fusc love feast' (2014) by Heather Phillipson

detail from ‘sub-fusc love feast’ (2014) by Heather Phillipson

detail from 'sub-fusc love feast' (2014) by Heather Phillipson

detail from ‘sub-fusc love feast’ (2014) by Heather Phillipson

'sub-fusc love feast' (2014) by Heather Phillipson

detail from ‘sub-fusc love feast’ (2014) by Heather Phillipson

Heather Phillipson’s practice combines video, installation, poetry and set design to create garishly vivid environments. She uses found materials alongside giant stock-image cut-outs of flora and fauna, linked by neon squiggles and projected videos. I really like hyper-intensity of the colours in Phillipson’s work and the combination of 3D and 2D imagery that allows the viewer to inhabit a space that operates in the gap between reality and imagination. Her ‘environments’ feel like the exploded view of a collage, or the inside of her mind.

“In terms of process, I think of it like a temporal collage or a physical musical composition—whether it’s video editing or writing or walking between things in space, it’s about the rhythm between the bits. And the bits are always colliding with or repelling or rubbing all over each other, synaesthetically. Structurally, the sculptural installations might be like arriving in the middle of a poem, not knowing what’s going on, but understanding it—all these metaphors, line-breaks and non-sequiturs. I’m trying to establish an equivalence, I suppose—a kind of syntax of sounds, images, colours—using them like parts of speech. And it’s deliberately non-hierarchical, so it’s not that words precede images or images precede sounds—they spark off each other. Their relative status is confused.” Heather Phillipson, from here: http://rhizome.org/editorial/2014/jul/29/artist-profile-heather-phillipson/?ref=fp_post_title

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