November 21, 2009 — January 2, 2010
A Matter of Perspective
Cecilia Phillips employs both drawing and painting to interpret images and words in the world around her. Many of her subjects come from the world of literature (including specific references to Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities and Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends) while other works take inspiration from artists in both the contemporary art world (such as Gregory Crewdson) and the art historical, as with The Book of Holbeins, a multi-drawing artist’s book that includes Phillips’ graphite renderings of portraits by the sixteenth- century German artist, Hans Holbein the Younger. Phillips’ considers these works to be a re-presentation of an idea or story through the lens of her own artistic vision, skewed and distorted until they have changed and become unrecognizable or barely recognizable.
Ohio native Cecilia Phillips earned a Bachelors Degree in Painting from the University of Ohio, Cleveland in 2006 and a Masters Degree in Painting from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. Phillips has exhibited both through out Texas and Ohio. She currently lives and works in Austin, Texas and is an Assistant instructor of Art at the University of Texas at Austin.