Edinburgh-based mixed media artist Andrew V Phillips uses the theme of islandness in some of his works to explore ideas of remoteness and separation. His intention is to evoke a sense of liminal space, with the island employed as a symbol to express the intangible borderlands of experience.
“I seek to challenge the persistent notion that whatever sentiment I may have about a landscape is wholly mine - mere thoughts and feelings projected onto it. Personally I consider the relationship to be two-way, and conversational. Indeed, islands (and any coastal lands) and seas are intimately engaged in their own conversation about shaping, and re-configuration. One moves and shifts in accordance with its counterpart, deeply influenced by the presence of the other.”
Andrew V Phillips studied Fine Art at the University of Wales and trained as an Art Psychotherapist at Goldsmiths College, London. His work has featured in exhibitions at Newave Gallery Aberdeen, The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, and House for an Art Lover in Glasgow. He recently had his first solo show at the iconic Cameo Picturehouse in Edinburgh. His work was published in Vol 9 of the Dark Mountain series, and is due to appear in a forthcoming Alterity Studies anthology compiled by the artist Richard Skelton.