Skip to content

Collection

An image of Untitled by Debra Phillips

Debra Phillips

(Australia 1958 – )

Title
Untitled
Year
1990
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
Cibachrome photograph
Dimensions

99.7 x 109.6 cm sight; 119.0 x 149.0 x 5 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1992
Accession number
301.1992
Copyright
© Debra Phillips
Location
Not on display
Further information

Debra Phillips' series 'The Colonisation of Time' consists of eight large colour photographs mounted on aluminium in brass, steel, copper or lead frames. This use of the frame as an integral part of the work is a logical extension of her earlier 'Balance of Obsolescence' series in which Phillips used rusty cast-iron frames to encase images of humble or outmoded tools. In the later series, suffused with a sense of temporal change, the work draws attention to its own photographic technique and continues the artist's austere philosophy and consistent understatement. In the works from 'The Colonisation of Time' Phillips explores, within carefully staged and technically inspired images, the tension between the abstract and figurative.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1994.

Bibliography (1)

Anthony Bond and Victoria Lynn, The Art Gallery of New South Wales Collections, 'Contemporary Practice - Here, There, Everywhere ...', pg. 229-285, Sydney, 1994, 280, 281 (colour illus.).