Born on unceded Whajuk Noongar land in Perth, Western Australia, Australian artist Dr Perdita Phillips has an expansive practice working in installation, environmental projects, walking, sound, video, publishing and object making. Beginning in 1992, her commitment to ‘ecosystemic thinking’ has led her to work with material and conceptual networks as diverse as drains, minerals, termites and bowerbirds at the intersection of the human and non-human worlds. Originally training in Environmental Science, she was awarded a British Commonwealth scholarship to study a MA at Goldsmiths College in 1997-1999. Phillips’ practice based PhD (2003-2006) fieldwork/fieldwalking was recognised as top three annual abstracts in the Leonardo Abstracts Service Database. She has received two Inter Arts Grants from the Australia Council and has contributed to many interdisciplinary forums. Her work is often seen outside the gallery context, finding spaces and places where change can/is manifest.
Phillips’ most recent solo project was We must catch up at The Farm, Margaret River (2019). Phillips has also taken part in Make Known: The Exquisite Order of Infinite Variation, (UNSW Galleries, Sydney), Frankenstein GRID (Stanford University outdoor projection festival) in 2018 and Incinerator Art Award (Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds), Another Green World (Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo) and Objectillogica – a modern wunderkammer (The Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix) in 2017. Recent publications include Fossil for the Lost Rocks project (2019).