Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Alex Phillips
Steel, Yarn, Beads, Spray Paint
67" x 30" x 16"
Fall 2010


'attack! attack!'
Alex Phillips
Clay, Spray Paint, Polyurethane
14" x 2" x 3"
Fall 2010

down by the sea shore

painting + yarn = fab-u-lous

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Since the last critic i've been working really hard on what's next... which for me is throwing pawns. chess is just such a curious game, but i tend to think of myself as a pawn in life. i serve a purpose but am very average and sometimes disposable.

the main thing i've been thinking about is what's next after school, and frankly its really scary. so how do i find a job thats not completely miserable... networking... what a stressful concept... i'm pretty shy around new people. so ultimately when i'm not paralyzed by the fear of the unknown i'm thinking about relationships and how to interact with people. so if i'm the queen (powerful but completely powerless) the real world and all its stress are the pawns attacking from all sides.

Monday, October 11, 2010

make way

Alex Phillips
Clay, Spray Paint & Poly Urethane
24" x 7" x 7"
Fall 2010

new art!

first sculpture of the semester!

Rainy day
aluminum & yarn
8' x 3'5" x 3'5"
fall 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

the surround

Since working in the studio… I’ve changed my concept and have been working pretty steadily on my queen. I forgot how fragile clay can be… i’ve been working really hard to fully understand and concur traditional materials(clay and steel), and its a lot harder than I ever thought possible. Been running into some technical issues, throwing/drying/cracking, that have been good learning experiences.

After reading the eight by Katherine Neville I’ve been thinking a lot about chess and the rules of a ‘game’. I love the order and intensity of chess but also it is curious how a game (fun?) has so many rules and is so serious. Specifically the queen, which doesn’t have any power in real life/mid-evil times because shes a woman, but in chess the queen has the most power because she can move anywhere. Also in thinking about what’s next for my 2nd project, I was thinking about making more chess pieces and how the two could relate, which has prompted thinking about relationships and how I relate to others and how I view other’s relationships.

One of my favorite visual memories is from a day my ceramics class spent in Wilmington scouting out places for a gorilla art project. We came across this park by the Wilmington petting zoo and these old train tracks that have become over grown by nature. It really struck me because i love the idea of nature taking back what is her’s also I find old forgotten places really fascinating because they have so much history, and I love to make up stories about how the place was before it looks how I found it.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


so after some crazy dreams and random inspiration i'm moving in a different direction... i plan to make a large lap-dog size chess piece... the infamous white queen.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

"what is it"

yay senior studio!

well this summer i've been working on knitted chains, i feel like
i hold myself back a lot in social situations and after struggling to get along with my parents i feel chains are the perfect analogy/process to help work it
out. it feels pretty perfect knitting to help relieve anxiety while creating things that could and do tie me up in life. also this summer i helped drive my friend's car back from AZ and it was a great experience to see different landscapes and imagine art in different locations. i came across this
awesome website that anyone can contribute to about knitting in nature: http://www.knittedlandscape.com/index.html.
also i found this great little french artist who makes toys and food out of yarn, so adorable:

and as always i have been thinking about the beach... and the water. i'm very intrigued by the fleeting moment and then the repetition that seems the same but always slightly different about the ocean. so that lead me to thinking about coral and natural forms that live with this motion. so this semester i plan to use the wheel as a tool and create an organic form that is like feathers/spikes.. a form that supports the idea of many small points holdi
ng up something heavier.

and this is some sweet knitted sushi... no big

eat on!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

coral translation

alex phillips
"coral translation"
yarn, hot glue, & felt
48" x 48" x 6"

Monday, April 26, 2010

without a sun

Garden artist statement:

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about the concept of memories. Specifically, fleeting moments that become life-changing and/or life-long memories. For me a shadow represents a distorted and fragmented memory. This phenomenon leads to thinking about the weirdness of shadows. In an attempt to answer my questions about the relationship between a shadow and a memory, I have knitted a tree shadow. For me knitting is the best way to work through my artistic concepts because of the repetition and patterns knitting requires. Like a cherished memory, any hand-made or knitted object creates a feeling of nostalgia, which has a significant personal meaning for me while making this piece.

alex phillips
"without a sun"
yarn & metal
84" x 48" x 2"

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

mapping the tide

Alex Phillips
Mapping the Tides
fabric & thread
96" x 48" x 24"

Saturday, February 6, 2010

chilly Eiffle

I thought the Eiffle Tower looked a little cold so i knitted it some sweaters.

gorilla art rocks my socks!