Phillips completed Bachelor of Fine arts at the Tasmanian
School of Art in Hobart. She researches Tupperware, plastic
bags and shampoo bottles for her Honours year. For her Masters,
Phillips developed an organic/synthetic polymer made from
used bathwater and shampoo. She went to Hamburg, Germany on
self -initiated art research project where she learnt to make
shampoo at Schwarzkopf (70 litres) and how to mould plastic
into forms. She commenced her Ph.D in 2000.
fit for a king, solidified
shampoo and red wine, 150cm long, width variable, 2003
After reading about Jorgen
Jorgenson I was immediately struck with his almost
pathetic personal struggle to find inner peace and his sense
of fairness towards those that he came into contact with.
He had a great sense of moral justice and his actions in life
reflected those values. He kept ‘popping up’ during
important moments in world and Australian colonial history,
seemingly in the right place and the right time when important
things were happening. However, he became a victim to gambling,
and his life ended sadly, destitute and alone in Hobart in
the mid 1880’s.
I decided to make Jorgen a royal cape, a cape that would have
reflected the man as well as his royal standing. The cape
is the colour of blood and spilled red wine, decorated with
the images of the sea and playing cards, Jorgenson was a gambler
with life, a gamble that he ultimately lost, but not his personal
dignity nor his integrity. The polymer substance that I have
developed is used to create this fleshy cape containing these
properties of pathos and regal character befitting for such
a man as Jorgenson.
Anna Phillips 2002