selected work 2015-2019
Since 2012, Renee has been experimenting in the studio, pushing material to its limits in order to test and document the resulting effect of each color, material, substrate and medium. It is from these experiments that Renee is able to translate what often seems the language of chance, onto the canvas with deliberate interpretation. Each series highlights years worth of alchemical techniques that are predominately based on environmental factors – location, temperature, and humidity.
Controlled Chaos often employs wild posters from the New York City streets that are layered, sprayed and hand-sanded down. Meditations captures her further investigation into the language of color, while the Liminal Series aims to freeze moments of transition as paint meets the elements of wind, water or gravity.
“Though the work seems to contain the language of chance, texture and materiality, it is, in fact, the result of a rigid scientific process. After repeatedly testing her methods under varied circumstances, Phillips knew exactly how her materials would behave under different conditions of humidity, temperature and air flow.”
Zi Lin - Art Writing MFA
Receive a copy of the Winter 2019 Portfolio.