Debra Phillips

Senior Lecturer

Debra Phillips studied at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, completing a Master of Visual Arts (Research) in 1990. Although photography is central to her practice, Phillips’ work also ranges across other forms such as sculptural objects, moving images, artist’s multiples and printed matter (including books, prints and newspapers). 

Phillips’ practice focuses on her interest in systems of knowledge and understanding and their relationship to the making, thinking and shaping of individual and world views. These ideas are explored through recurring themes such as the indeterminacy of the physical world, the limitations of imperial quests for knowledge, disappearance and obsolescence.

Her art examines the actions of photography as a wilful, aberrant and imperfect form of record that partakes in the processes of everyday history-making. Her exhibitions draw attention to the nature of photography – its structures of representation, convention and classification – and the way it supposedly records the real world. The idea that photography can operate as a physical space in which to place things for consideration or as a structure through which we can critique the world has preoccupied Phillips throughout her career. 

Creative Works (non-textual)
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Phillips D, 2020, Untitled (Constant #2b), Shadow Catchers, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 22 February 2020 - 31 January 2021, medium: Photography, at: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/?exhibition_id=8238
2020
Phillips D, 2020, Closing Out, Closing Out, Kronenberg Mais Wright, 20 March 2020 - 01 August 2020, medium: Photography, at: https://kronenbergmaiswright.com/current/
2020
Phillips D, 2020, The Good. The Just. The Beautiful., National Photography Prize 2020, Murray Art Museum Albury, 21 February 2020 - 14 June 2020, medium: Photography, at: https://www.mamalbury.com.au/who-is-mama/media/latest-news/debra-phillips-awarded-national-photography-prize-2020
2020
Phillips D, 2018, Untitled, Crafting the house on the hill: art, design and the building of Australian Parliament House, Canberra Museum + Gallery, 07 July 2018 - 04 November 2018, medium: Photography, at: http://www.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/crafting-the-house-on-the-hill
2018
Phillips D, 2018, Untitled (Copper sheet: E), Group Exhibition 2018, Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects, Sydney, 15 February 2018 - 03 March 2018, medium: Photography, at: http://www.kronenbergwrightartistsprojects.com/
2018
Phillips D, 2018, Studies for Narcissus (22. One Common Doom), Photograph, Kronenberg Mais Wright, 27 November 2018 - 14 December 2018, medium: Photography, at: http://www.kronenbergwrightartistsprojects.com/current/
2018
Phillips DA, 2017, Untitled (35mm Slides: Grey), Could all this be it?, Cold Cuts, Sydney, 29 September 2017 - 01 October 2017
2017
Phillips DA, 2017, The Good. The Just. The Beautiful., The Good. The Just. The Beautiful., Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects, 20 October 2017 - 11 November 2017, at: http://www.kronenbergwrightartistsprojects.com/artists/debra-phillips/debra-phillips-exhibitions/
2017
Phillips DA, 2017, The Good. The Just. The Beautiful., The Good. The Just. The Beautiful., Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects, 20 October 2017 - 11 November 2017, at: http://www.kronenbergwrightartistsprojects.com/artists/debra-phillips/debra-phillips-exhibitions/
2017
Phillips DA, 2016, 'Untitled', CCP 30th Anniversary Fundraiser, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 21 July 2016 - 31 July 2016, medium: Photography, at: http://www.ccp.org.au/news.php?id=298
2016
Phillips DA, 2016, 7 'Untitled' works, The Mnemonic Mirror, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, 08 December 2016 - 11 March 2017, medium: Photography, at: https://www.griffith.edu.au/visual-creative-arts/griffith-artworks/exhibition-program/2016-exhibitions/mnemonic-mirror
2016
Phillips DA, 2016, 7 'Untitled' works, The Mnemonic Mirror, University of Technology Sydney Gallery, 10 May 2016 - 01 July 2016, medium: Photography, at: http://art.uts.edu.au/index.php/exhibitions/the-mnemonic-mirror/
2016
Phillips DA, 2016, 2 'Untitled' works, Group Exhibition 2016, Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects, Sydney, 25 November 2016 - 17 December 2016, medium: Photography, at: http://www.kronenbergwrightartistsprojects.com/
2016
Phillips DA, 2015, 54 notes from the street (section), Writing Art, Ideas Platform | Artspace, 25 June 2015 - 16 July 2015, at: http://www.artspace.org.au/
2015
Phillips DA, 2014, 54 notes from the street, Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier, Centre for Contemporary Photography, 03 October 2014 - 26 October 2014, at: http://www.ccp.org.au/exhibitions.php?f=20141026_Gallery_1
2014
Phillips DA, 2013, Polystyrene ball (grey), Conical beginning (grey), Silicon sphere (grey), Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2013, National Art School, Sydney, 03 May 2013 - 03 May 2013, at: http://www.redlands.nsw.edu.au/go/redlands-community/redlands-konica-minolta-art-prize
2013
Phillips DA, 2012, The roundest object in the world, The roundest object in the world, BREENSPACE, Sydney, 26 October 2012 - 24 November 2012
2012
Phillips DA, 2012, Untitled #1, Flatlands: Photography and Everyday Space, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Sydney, 13 September 2012 - 03 February 2013, at: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/media-office/flatlands-photography-and-everyday-space/
2012
Phillips DA, 2011, Untitled various works, Photography & place: Australian landscape photography 1970s until now, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Sydney, 16 March 2011 - 29 May 2011, at: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/
2011
Phillips DA, 2011, On this day various works, On this day, Anna Leonowens Gallery; Nova Scotia, Canada, 23 May 2011 - 11 June 2011, at: https://issuu.com/nscadadmissions/docs/nscadannualreport_2011-12
2011
Phillips DA, 2009, Blow, Parade and Backwash, Debra Phillips, BREENSPACE, Sydney, 01 October 2009 - 31 October 2009
2009
Phillips DA, 2006, 52 sidelong glances, the Captain's ghost, Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, Wellington, New Zealand, 26 May 2006 - 23 July 2006, at: http://www.adamartgallery.org.nz/
2006
Phillips DA, 2004, One thing leads to another, One thing leads to another, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, 02 June 2004 - 26 June 2004
2004

Debra Phillips is represented in national, international and private collections and she is the recipient of a number of residencies, awards and grants.