APPROACH

Related projects provides a structure to develop large-scale visual arts projects and publish a series of related Limited Edition works. Artist Justy Phillips works both individually and collaboratively to pursue these projects through a range of media, sites, community and individual participation, and collaborative partners – artists; funding bodies; local, state and Federal Government; educational institutions and private business.

The individual projects pursued through this stategy share a number of common threads. Concerned with the complex moral and ethical structures of society and the impact of such structures on everyday-life, these works aim to raise questions about the marginalisation of individuals and communities within society. Through story-telling, the unravelling of personal narratives and inquiry into the nature of public private spaces, these projects are informed by the intimate ways in which people relate to each other and to the world in different social and cultural contexts.

Underpinning all our projects is a strong belief in the potential of art to participate in and provide an understanding of contemporary social realities. The projects aim to question, challenge, and confront the viewer and offer a public response to the diversity and complexity of human relationships and the private worlds in which they exist.

PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT



CURRENT PROJECTS
magnificent
Magnificent is an artwork launched through an experimental publishing platform. Published four-monthly in Tasmania, this modern day novella presents an opportunity to reconsider contemporary social issues in Tasmania. Magnificent questions our relationship to people, identity and place by connecting extraordinary actions and everyday lives. Based on a celebration of the local, each edition of Magnificent is being distributed FREE to subscribers during 2009. With a screwed up identity – part magazine, part documentary, part novel, Magnificent presents a unique twist on the nineteenth-century novella – short tales of country life brought to, and orated in the city. True to historical form, each edition will turn around a single incident or significant issue.

write/here
In March 2007, James Newitt and Justy Phillips staged the exhibition component of their three year project write/here. For ten days the artists occupied every advertising billboard space in Hobart – replacing existing advertisements with text phrases. The phrases, reflections of Hobart by the community of Hobart, articulated a selection of the local community’s relationships (both public and private) with its city. Considered [by the artists] as ‘part community event, part temporary public art project and part media intervention,’ write/here established itself in twenty-seven different sites and became the first billboard-orientated art project to inhabit all of the billboards of an entire city.

The way life should be
This work presents the first significant collaboration between artists Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward. In its infancy, this is an ambitious, long term collaborative project, which comments on the realities and representations of contemporary Australian culture. This work explores the nature of travel, tourism, experience, truth, fiction and the depiction of Australian culture and society through collected tourist ephemera – using hundreds of vintage souvenir linen tea towels – collected from towns all over the country. These tea towels are being used to re-upholster everyday mid-century footstools. Little, domestic representations of place and a society in transition.