Heather Phillipson’s practice mixes images, noises, objects, languages and bodies. Her immersive works are flooded with cultural references and emotional responses, suggesting her close dialogue with ideas and materials. Language plays a fundamental role in Phillipson’s creative processes: in addition to being a celebrated artist she is also an award-winning poet.
Her commission for the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary, TRUE TO SIZE, is a series of video, audio and sculptural works that present a sequence of post-human landscapes. Situating mass-produced images and objects of consumption and communication, this is a commission in its freest sense: a world that resembles our own, translated via Phillipson’s imagination into physical space.
TRUE TO SIZE, 2016, by Heather Phillipson is a 70th anniversary commission for the Arts Council Collection. Founded in 1946, the ACC is the largest national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art and includes important examples by all of the UK’s prominent artists. (www.artscouncilcollection.org.uk)
Heather Phillipson (born 1978) lives in London. Phillipson’s solo shows in 2016 include Whitechapel Gallery London, Images Festival Toronto, Frieze Projects New York and the 32nd Sao Paolo Biennale.
Some of this exhibition is on the first floor and accessible only by stairs.