Office: H214 Bryan Campus
My work is inspired by science: neuroscience, behavioral evolution in humans, migration of humans, archeology and as of recent, particle physics. As the person who creates the visual interpretation of these events, I am curious about the tipping point when art and science have the capacity to nudge people’s fixed perceptions. Public resistance to Science in The Age of Enlightenment is still upon us in the Information Age.
My work highlights how an artist takes in the world around us intellectually and then dispatches the information through spontaneous and abstract processes such as the visual arts. I do believe that this exploration is where innovation lies.
In August of 2012 scientists discovered the Higgs-Boson Particle at the Cern Large Hadron Collider. In reading about the discovery I exploded with an exaggerated and dramatic energy like a blast and the result is the series titled “Higgs-Boson”. Within the layers of painting are recognizable objects; these are taken from a massive junk drawer, like matter forms into mass. From tools, rubber bands, a broken strand of pearls, they are a clustered outer expansion around refracted light. Eventually, the energy from the Higgs Boson will dissolve; die off and be as shortly lived, as the particle itself.
As in the Time-Based media “Eye Interrogation: High brow/Low brow, the lens is cropped on the eye so as to watch the response of the ocular region as the interviewees are asked probing questions about their views on art. The agenda is to identify polarized perceptions and predict the audiences’ expectation of art. The work is rooted in being of contemporary art culture and working in a small town, with some kind of hope for a bridge of understanding.
Becky Phillips is a Professor of Art at Blinn College where she teaches Drawing, Painting and Art History. She holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from West Virginia University. Coming next year, her artwork will be seen on the cover of "The Seven Sexes: Biology of Sex Determination: A History" by Dr. Elof Carlson Indiana University Press 2013. Recently, she exhibited at The Kinsey Institute, The Texas National, The Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas, The Forsyth Galleries at TAMU, The Visual Arts Alliance in Houston and The University of Science and Art in Oklahoma.
For her Time-Based media, she has been the recipient of a Franklin Furnace Grant in N.Y., a West Virginia Culture and History Grant for work about generational patterns and a Puffin Grant for work with social relevance. Her exhibits have included The Cleveland Performance Art Festival (Invitational Artist), Randolph Street Gallery Chicago (Invitational Artist), Garfield Artworks in Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, N.A.M.E. Gallery Chicago and Gallery 2 Chicago, as well as site-specific installations across the country. Her next Time-Based media work will be at “Projects on Ashburn” in College Station, TX.