perdita phillips | -ing

Perdita Phillips’s project explored the overlap of two communities – humans and non-humans. She investigated efforts by local environmentalists to maintain and create new plant and animal habitats in the North Perth and Claisebrook area. Her project had an active focus on weeding and sustainment, on how perseverance can paradoxically furnish change in the face of ambiguity and uncertainty. 

Concerned with visual expression of ‘tipping points’ in relation to social behaviours and environmental issues, Phillips asks at what point a series of small changes or incidents become significant enough to cause a larger, more important change. 

The outcome of Phillips’ project took the form of two expressions.

Expression 1: weed-ing

Saturday 3 September 2016, 8:30 - 11am

Weeding is ‘less sexy’ than planting. What does it take to commit to sharing your labour, helping a local conservation group for an act of maintaining and sustaining? Be a part of a care project for the inner city wetlands of Perth.

Ten volunteers will be trained to work as weeders as a part the Claise Brook Catchment Group’s Saturday morning weeding session.


Expression 2: carry me, join me

4 – 11 September 2016

Exhibition: North Metropolitan TAFE Artist in Residence space, 149 Beaufort Street, Perth

Phillips will collaborate with a number of volunteers to connect the scattered waterbodies within and around central Perth, combining all the waters in an act of carrying, joining and mixing of these important natural and cultural communities.

Twenty volunteers will be recruited to collect water samples at 22 waterbodies within the Perth and Claisebrook Drain catchment area.

#-ing-watering #carrymejoinme

About the artist

Perdita Phillips is an Australian artist primarily interested in the environment, who often refers to scientific understanding in her work. Phillips has used many different media including walking, mapping, drawing, sculpture, digital art, installations, ephemeral outdoor works/situations (eclogues), photographs, videos, book art, sound installations and spatial sound, found objects and collage. Her work is marked by a continuing interest in the relationships between humans and nonhuman others (rocks, plants, animals, ecosystem processes). 2016 exhibitions include enhancement: MAKING SENSE, i3S Instituto de Investigãçao e Inovação em Saúde, Universidade do Porto; Field working slow making, Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University; Direct Address, Eastern Riverina Arts, Wagga Wagga; and Love Letters to other worlds as part of Hacking the Anthropocene, IWCS Dickson St Space, Newtown.