Collagist : Phillip Durst

Collagist : Phillip Durst

Artist Statement

As a collagist, I am drawn to pattern and repetition, which are also the hallmarks of quilting. As quilts were traditionally made with scraps and left-over fabrics, I like to work with materials that have also been cast-off or designed for other purposes. I enjoy working with paint chips, old books, candy boxes, and other packaging that all have such beauty even though they were never designed to last. Such a tremendous amount of artistic talent, choice, and color goes into such ephemeral packaging that I like to preserve their beauty and vibrance. I enjoy the effect of taking such colorful materials and making small pieces that, hopefully, when added to many others, can create a landscape or effect greater than its components.

In addition to creating these collages and my other art projects (my desk is built out of 480 mineral glass water bottles). I also practice employment and civil rights law with a small firm in Austin, TX and I am an adjunct law professor at U.T. Law School since 1999. My work has a quilt-like quality based upon the influence and tutelage of my wife Sarah, who is an accomplished quilter (and is usually described with a term "long-suffering"). I look forward to creating art on a more full time basis after our damn children are finished with college.