MVA (SCA USyd), BVA (SCA USyd), DipArts VisArts (SCA USyd)
Debra Phillips is an artist and a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture.
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, her work also ranges across other forms such as sculptural objects, artist’s multiples and printed matter (including books, prints and newspapers).
Interested in systems of knowledge and their intersection with daily life, Phillips explores public and private archives to generate questions around history-making, economics, geography and politics. 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.
Phillips has exhibited extensively at venues such as Anna Leonowens Gallery, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University, Halifax; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Artspace, Sydney; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Canberra Contemporary Art Space; Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane amongst others.
Phillips is represented by Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney. Her work can be found in national, international and private collections.
Debra Phillips is represented in national, international and private collections and she is the recipient of a number of residencies, awards and grants.