Rachel Phillips

My work is a composition of animated objects and cartoon-like characters with "attitude". They play off each other in a humorous yet disconcerting manner. Goofy smiles and distressed eyeballs create different forms of expression.The imagery is housed in flat fields of color that function as theatrical spaces, moody backdrops, and segmented frames.
These scenes describe emotional discontent, irrational behavior and strange occurrences.  I am interested in fusing opposites such as abstraction and expression; humor and sadness.
If necessary I mix different materials into my work such as glitter or feathers to add a playful element or create a certain texture that helps to inform the personality of the piece.  My paintings come together like a puzzle.  I make the painting piece by piece until it fits together as a whole.