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An image of Untitled by Debra Phillips

Debra Phillips

(Australia 1958 – )

Media category
Materials used
diptych: Polaroid photographs

85.9 x 126.9 x 4.8 cm frame:

a - left; 72 x 56 cm; sheet

b - right; 72 x 56 cm; sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Polaroid Australia Pty Ltd 1988
Accession number
© Debra Phillips
Not on display
Further information

This series of diptychs consists of natural objects overlayed onto Landsat satellite images of the Earth, showing both the macrocosmic and microcosmic duality of life. The colours and textures of the images and the objects play off each other, encouraging us to recognise that small things can affect the big picture.

Philips was also interested the visual language of Polaroid and Landsat images, the technical data in the margins and the traces of the chemical process of the Polaroids. Such documentation and technical processes highlight the various ways of recording the Earth and its surface.

Bibliography (2)

Judy Annear, Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Sydney, 2005. no catalogue numbers

Martyn Jolly, In Full View, Sydney, 1986, 35.

Exhibition history (2)

In Full View, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Jul 1986–30 Aug 1986

Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Nov 2005–29 Jan 2006

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