Gina Phillips: A Thirsty Switch Still Quivers for Me
Born in Madison County, Kentucky, Gina Phillips is inspired by the imagery, narratives, and characters of both her native Kentucky and her current home in New Orleans. This five-year survey exhibition at 21c includes painting, sculpture, and her signature fabric and thread pieces, which Phillips creates in a wide range of scales and subject matter. “To me, making art is one half a desire to tell a story, and one half a love of the materials,” says Phillips. Applying craft-based technique to a compelling exploration of both personal experience and art historical tradition, Phillips transforms portraiture, landscape, and assemblage art to offer an immersive, multi-media exploration of the people and places that shape this artist’s visionary practice.
Gina Phillips earned a BFA from the University of Kentucky, and an MFA from Tulane University’s Newcomb College in New Orleans. Her art has been exhibited at galleries and museums across the world, including Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; VOLTA8, Basel, Switzerland; Prospect 2 Biennial, New Orleans; and others. In addition to 21c, works by Gina Phillips are in the collections of the New Orleans Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Drake Hotel, Toronto; The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation; Tulane University, and others. Gina Phillips is represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans.