Inspired by the ephemeral and the anecdotal, the work of Jenny Phillips transforms everyday observations and experiences into calm, meditative works. Whether it’s fallen Bougainvillea leaves, discarded netted bags, a fragment of string or thread, the paraphernalia of summer or the patterns of dappled light below a tree, these accidental, beautiful and seemingly meaningless moments are turned into contemplative pieces that evoke fragility and transience. This show gathers for the first time a broad cross section of her work, including encaustic works, mix media and prints, allowing the viewer to make connections between her pieces and to discern how one series informs the next.
Jenny Phillips is a San Francisco based artist. She uses paper, wax, watercolor, oil, graphite and other media to explore the interplay between linework, surface, and texture. Influenced by shapes and patterns found in nature and urban environments, she creates subtle and meditative artworks through the use of rhythmic gestures and repetitive patterns. She strives for a quiet and complex beauty, balancing simplicity of expression which rich sensory qualities.
Her background is in graphic design and fine art. She studied printmaking and painting at California College of Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, Kala Art Institute, and received the Woodrow Deckman Studio Art Scholarship at Denison University.