Maria Phillips’ creative process takes domestic spaces as its point of departure and constant focus. Systematically looking for patterns in random encounters or habitual rhythms within homes and intimal places, she strives to capture these ordinary moments through jewellery, sculpture, drawing and photography. Phillips’ pieces are not about precious stones nor precious materials. They are about looking differently, shifting perceptions of the overlooked and expendable material of daily existence.
In her latest works, Phillips has been combining plywood, crafting, popsicles sticks and various metals, using “home” as both a source and a material. Her pieces explore elements of architecture, its language but also aims at reflecting on what the preciousness of a home means. As residential building keeps flourishing in Seattle, her town of residence, the parallel rise of the homeless population uneases and troubles her, a thought she is trying to convey in her current jewellery.
Born in St. Louis, MO, Maria holds degrees from Loyola University, New Orleans and University of WA, Seattle. In addition to her studio practice, Maria lectures widely, serves as a guest critic and teaches workshops at various programs throughout the country. Her work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design New York, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Rotasa Foundation and numerous private collections. She recently was awarded the John and Joyce Price Award of Excellence for Mapping Monotony, her work in the Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial.