While Phillips' pieces are materially diverse, themes of ecological processes and a reconnection to land are evident throughout. Working with objects, environments, found things and made things, Phillips creates a world where everyday entities and events are brought out of their invisibility.
Her piece entitled "The R Series" (1999) documented her search throughout Britain and Ireland for places once pictured in postcards. In some instances the sites remained perfectly intact- in others, they were completely changed or gone. More recently, her piece "Green, Grey or Dull Silver" (2008), involved carefully arranged piles and sculptures for Bowerbirds, who have a tendency to collect objects of those three colors. In Phillips' work we get a sense of place shaped by ecology and cultivated for human needs.
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