Sarah Nicole Phillips

TWELFTH FLOOR

About the Artist: Sarah Nicole Phillips employs commonplace symbols to reveal underlying societal tensions while offering an alternative and hopeful vision. She imbues images of bicycles, rainbows, clouds, landscapes with subtle humor and irreverence, providing a silver lining to possible dystopian futures. Obsessive rainbow-inspired doodles take over the planet; transcending partisan debates about climate change. Bicycle-chain grease stains the sky with a rainbow-shaped stamp and sunshine composed of shards of photovoltaic solar cells pierce through somber, stormy clouds. Collages made with discarded office envelopes conflate images of plant life with hard-edged linear repetition, suggestive of man-made infrastructure and human-imposed order. Encroaching plant life calls attention to the living, wild source of paper fiber and an ever-present, yet obscured wilderness that permeates the imposed order of civic life.