My overall body of work is an exploration of my spiritual ethos. This exploration of non-tangible elements is based on hope for a better life and peace that surpasses all cognitive understanding. Through exploring the transcendental qualities found in my processes and metaphorical connections, I aim to delineate a sense of hope while providing an environment that is conducive for a visceral experience.
The process of layering and removing marks using different styles and materials creates a visual language to communicate spiritual allegories and personal narratives. For me, the process of layering is intimate because it is a metaphorical representation to life and not just any life but my own. Each layer not only informs the next but it is essential to the whole. The act of layering initially developed from a fascination with realism, which evolved into expressionism with conceptual methodologies.
My work is synthesis of Romanticism, Modernism, and Contemporary as each informs my process. The colorization and the spiritual aspects of the Romantic era are reflected in my paintings. Modernism concepts are found evident through use of synergy displayed in multiple substrates and fields of color. In addition, Contemporary aspects are woven into each piece through the use of non-traditional tools as well as conceptual strategies in which the spectator plays a role in the completion of the work.
Victoria Phillips (b.1992, United States) graduated with a B.A. in Visual Arts with an emphasis in Studio Art and a minor in Advertising in 2013 from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. She completed her M.F.A. in Painting at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2019. She has been a guest speaker for the Art Department at Lee University as well as an adjunct professor. She has been involved in numerous exhibits throughout Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee as her private collectors continue to grow in the southeast and abroad. Phillips completed an artist in residency in Skopelos Greece in 2019, which gave her the opportunity to exhibit internationally. Phillips has worked as an educator in the public school system for the last 5 years. She now resides in Atlanta, Georgia.