Joan Mitchell Center
Gina Phillips

Gina Phillips

New Orleans, LA
February 26 – July 20
Emerging AIR
Mixed media installation
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“My working methods and materials are directly influenced by my upbringing in rural Kentucky. I had at my disposal a whole acre of family-owned junkyard. I learned that no object or material should be thrown away since it could be reused or turned into something else... This environment was perfect training for becoming an artist.”

Gina Phillips is a mixed media, narrative artist who grew up in Kentucky and has lived in New Orleans since 1995. The imagery, stories and characters of both regions influence her work. She started her career as a painter, but over the years, has increasingly incorporated fabric and thread into her work. Phillips has a BFA from the University of Kentucky and an MFA from Tulane University. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, including in the State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and at the Asheville Art Museum, Pepperdine University, Ballroom Marfa, The New Orleans Museum of Art, and the 21c Museum in Louisville, KY. Her work was also included in the Prospect.2 Biennial and at VOLTA8 as part of Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland. Phillips’s work has been featured in Art in America, The Times-Picayune, and ARTNews, among others. Phillips had a mid-career retrospective at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, entitled I Was Trying Hard to Think About Sweet Things.

Gina Phillips

Gina Phillips

Fort Dirt Hole

Fort Dirt Hole

2013, fabric, thread, satin cording, synthetic hair, with acrylic underpainting on muslin, 13.5 x 23 feet

Fort Dirt Hole

Fort Dirt Hole

2013, detail showing underpainting

 Studio view, 2013, shows Fort Dirt Hole in process and use of longarm sewing machine

Studio view, 2013, shows Fort Dirt Hole in process and use of longarm sewing machine

I Was Trying Hard to Think About Sweet Things

I Was Trying Hard to Think About Sweet Things

2013, installation view at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
 

Life Lasagna

Life Lasagna

2011, Prospect.2, installation view in oval gallery at The Contemporary Arts Center
 

John Taylor and his Chicks, with Shelby with Dead Chick

John Taylor and his Chicks, with Shelby with Dead Chick

2012, installation view, fabric, thread, synthetic hair, approximate installation dimensions 7 x 9 feet

John Taylor (detail)

John Taylor (detail)

2012, fabric, thread, synthetic hair

Heap Dwellers

Heap Dwellers

2014, paint, wood, assorted rubble, approximate installation dimensions are 4.5 x 7 feet