J.Phillips has been using her current art practise to respond to the body and mind as a site that has been subjected to isolation and anxiety. Due to the mind being subjective, there has been a variety of exploration through mediums to determine the best to illustrate the themes concerned.
After testing multiple locations and subjects in photography, using the self in certain locations has made it possible to create an image that depicts the mental state of the artist. This series featuring underwater scenes shows a visual representation of feeling withdrawn from society, due to the aftermath of domestic abuse inflicted on her family. The feeling of mentally drowning is evident with the use of large scale print to submerge the viewer in the feelings that are displayed, with the aim of making parties who are responsible for creating anxiety to experience the feeling that they are drowning too.
Another way found to recreate the mind as a site is through the use of paint combined with text, this multi media piece portrays the relation between confusion and frustration, combined with the vulnerability of feeling concerned and worried for loved ones. The lucid lines drawn blindly with such a fluid medium show the lack of control felt by the artist, supported by text written through paranoia this piece ‘Power & Control’ is more of a statement than a painting.
- The fresh start which begins with the destruction of innocence. The photo of me and my brother looking all sweet as children contrasted to the grown up version of me. I think this may have been the start of me exploring what changes in life when you mature into a young adult, which ended up becoming more personal than I first thought after events out of my control.
- Realising that I can respond to my body as a site thanks to my last assessment with Davida. At first I thought these photos were all about female empowerment, expressing how a female body can be just as powerful and strong as a male body, but I then came to realise that these were actually about me feeling strong, that day was a good day mentally. I only realised this after taking a video of me on a day where I was completely the opposite, it was just after my operation, I had no one to talk to and I was house bound for weeks, I was really low.
- Decided to take more bath related photos but this time with my go pro so that I could actually take photos underwater. It wasn’t until analysing how I was responding to spaces that I realised what these were really about, isolation.
- This is when a lot of shit started happening for my family, which was kind of a turning point where my painting is concerned. To summarise what was going on my father, Jason, has been emotionally manipulating and abusing my mother for years, including me and my brother (he pretty much bullied my brother while he was a child).But finally after years of putting up with it, jason pushed my mum to far, threatening to burn our house down, I managed to encourage her to make a statement with the police and get him arrested. While he was on bail our house was alarmed and we are having constant police checkups, which is good, anyway, a self help leaflet really pushed me over the edge and inspired me to create this piece, through frustration and paranoia.
- This post completely explains the thought process behind my two final works.
Female empowerment –
Water related, inspiration for my photographs –
- https://jodiephillips.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/inspired-by-b-weston/ (in response to bret weston)
Painting inspiration –