Heather Phillipson


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Year 2020
Medium Marker pen and pigment liner on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

THE MYSTERY IS SOLVED BY LIVING IT is a preliminary drawing made by Phillipson towards her work, MUSIC FOR RATS, commissioned for the Shanghai Biennale 2021, in which her oversized, hand-drawn rats and interminably looped audio remixes colonise a whole room.



About the artist:

Born 1978 London, Heather Phillipson lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Art & Aesthetics at UWIC (2001); PG Cert Drawing at Central St Martins (2003); and PhD Fine Art practice at Middlesex University (2007).

Audacious and disconcerting, Phillipson’s expansive, multimedia projects include video, sculpture, installation, music, poetry, drawings and digital media. Described by the artist as ‘quantum thought experiments’, her works often carry a latent sense of threat – a feeling that received ideas, images and the systems that underpin them may be on the verge of collapse.

Her work is held in a number of public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection.

Selected solo exhibitions include RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach, Duveen Galleries commission, Tate Britain, London (2021); THE END, The Fourth Plinth commission, Trafalgar Square, London (2020); THE AGE OF LOVE, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2018); and my name is lettie eggsyrub, Art on the Underground, Gloucester Road Underground Station, London (2018). Selected group exhibitions include British Art Show, UK touring (2021-22); Sharjah Biennial 14 (2019); Garden of Earthly Delights, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2019); and I Was Raised on the Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2018).

Awards and residencies include Artist in Residence for Outset Study Room at Drawing Room (2017); the Film London Jarman Award (2016); and the European Short Film Festival selection from the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2018). Phillipson is also an award-winning poet.

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