Exhibit by Sarah Nicole Phillips

Sarah Nicole Phillips creates collages with discarded, patterned security envelopes diverted from the waste stream. Security envelopes are used to camouflage private documents with their decorative patterns. The secrets contained within these envelopes form the dull, bureaucratic infrastructure of contemporary life. Some of the exhibited work contains traditional office imagery like drop ceilings, cubicles and uninspired lobby décor, including still lifes of artificial lobby floral arrangements.  These collages represent a fantasy in which the material of the reliable, boring disappointments of life, are transformed into a means of escape.

Sarah Nicole Phillips is a Toronto-born, Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist. She received her B.A, from the University of Toronto and her MFA from Brooklyn College with a concentration in printmaking. She participated in a year-long artist residency at the Lower East Side Printshop where she continues to teach. She’s been awarded residencies at The Blue Mountain Center in upstate New York and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska. Sarah exhibits widely in Canada and the US and has been included in shows at the Queens Museum of Art in New York, the International Print Center New York, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). She is a 2009 & 2014 recipient of Brooklyn Arts Council grants. She was commissioned by NYC’s Department of Transportation to design a pedestrian barrier in 2016. Her work is in the permanent collections of The James Hotel and NYU Langone Hospital.

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