NRI arist not limited by materials
Minna Philips' works can be easily installed (and dismantled) in patterns best suited to any site.india Updated: Feb 07, 2007 17:25 IST
Minna Philips, a young artist of Indian origin who was trained and found roots abroad, wowed viewers here with her 'site specific installations' on exhibit here.
Philips, in her early twenties, has a Post Baccalaureate Certificate from Maryland Institute of Arts, USA and had done her initial graduation in Arts from Chennai.
Her art also reflects the 'cerebral and geographic maps' of places she regularly passes from home to office in Baltimore, where she is based, says Philips.
Philips is very passionate about the 'site specificity' art form and says she would be happier to see people in India get sensitised to the style.
Minna Philips uses paints, acrylic on canvas as well as wires, cubes and tiles in geometric patterns, to present the designs she desires.
"Rather, the idea of using different materials is that I do not want to be limited by materials. I couldn't possibly think that I could only paint if I had paper, canvas oil paints or watercolours. I want to be able to paint, or draw in any place, at any time, with any material. So that's the basic idea. And I want to be able to do that inside, outside, it doesn't matter where," said Philips.
Her installations are specific to sites and can be just as easily dismantled as they can be installed in patterns best suited to any site.
Philips says her work is based on memories and she is now interested in site specific installations that only matter at that point of time and space.
The temporariness of situations intrigues Philips who emphasises her work, once it is dismantled, leaves nothing except memories.
"As a common person, the impression I got from this is that this is a reflection of the thought processes of the artist. I can't explain it in any other way. It appeals to one because you think about what the artist is seeking to project. That makes you also think and that is the way I see it. Therefore, in the beginning, it may not attract a large number of people, but as you look at it more and more, you feel that there is something special about it," said T K A Nair, who opened the exhibition.
Philips belongs to a family of surgeons and engineers and her father who was present at the exhibition said she was capable of toeing the line.
Philips laments the 'site specificity' movement that formed and peaked in the western world in the 1960s and 70s, is not well known to people in her country of origin.