Terri Phillips gave an artist talk at AMUM (Art Museum of the University of Memphis)
on November 30th at noon Central Time. This was an opportunity to visit Phillip's
ArtLab installation and hear her speak about her work! This was an educational way
to spend Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The talk began promptly at noon, and coffee
and snacks were enjoyed prior to the talk. (Terri Phillips was at the Museum from
11:30am until 2:00pm. Many clicked attend here! See the artist talk here (part 1) and here (part 2). Thanks to all who came out for the talk!
Listen to Terri Phillip's dynamic soundtrack for her ArtLab installation here
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Taking the title from Shirley Jackson's 1962 novel, this installation of sculpture
and sound is based on a combination of Jackson's narrative and Phillips own experience
returning home after many years away. Some materials are objects from her childhood
home and others are from the local area. The Iron Maiden sculpture is made from a
plant called Arkansas Toothpick found in Shelby Farms. The soundtrack is composed
from pieces recorded in Memphis in 2012-2013. The work addresses isolation, family
relationships, histories and secrets, and the ties that bind.
Terri Phillips standing amidst her ArtLab installation
Terri Phillips is a sculptor and writer who also makes short films, photographs and
performances. Her work uses an abstract narrative to explore history, memory, meaning
and identity. Born in Alabama, Phillips received her MFA from CalArts after studying
at Beaux-Arts in Paris, and received her BA from Pepperdine University. She has exhibited
and curated internationally. She was a founding member of the artist collaborative
space WPA in Chinatown. Chapel of Yes at TOPS Gallery was Phillips' first solo exhibition in Memphis. She is currently
living and working in Memphis.