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Caroline Phillips is a visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia, with a PhD from the Victorian College of the Arts/University of Melbourne (2017). Her studio practice is augmented by participatory and collaborative projects that build feminist community. Using sculpture and photography, Phillips is interested in reconfiguring relationships of power, sexual politics and embodied experience to re/present the relational art object as a feminist object. Through modes of connection and inter-relation in both her methodology and outcomes, her work re/imagines an ethical feminist future.
Phillips has exhibited in over 60 solo and group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. She held her first New York solo show in 2017 by invitation with NARS Foundation. In 2019, Phillips commenced the ongoing social media art project #imawomanartist. She has successfully secured grants and opportunities across a number of research, development and presentation projects, most recently the 2020 Petite Residency in Paris at Factory 49 and the 2020 International Feminist Art Residency in Florence (postponed // COVID-19).
Alongside her studio practice, Phillips has presented a number of independent curatorial projects including THE f WORD: Contemporary Feminist Art in Australia (2014), The Technopia Tours Feminist Art Bus (2014) with Kim Donaldson, f-generation: feminism, art, progressions (2015) with Veronica Caven Aldous and Juliette Peers, and AS IF: Echoes of the Women’s Art Register (2015) with the Women’s Art Register (WAR). She continues her involvement with WAR—Australia’s living archive of women’s art practice—in the leadership team.
Phillips has published book chapters, catalogue essays and edited the Women’s Art Register Bulletin magazine. Her essay The Long Haul, Women’s Art Archives was published in the book ‘She Persists, Perspectives on Women in Art & Design’ by the National Gallery of Victoria in 2020.
2017 PhD (Fine Art) // Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), University of Melbourne
2012 Master of Fine Art (Research) // VCA, University of Melbourne
2009 Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Art // UVCA, University of Melbourne
1993 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) // Phillip Institute of Technology (Melbourne)