Perdita Phillips: Sounding and Thinking Like an Ecosystem

Merle M Patchett, Perdita Phillips

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Perdita Phillips is a Western Australian artist working across the media of walking, sound, installation, photography and digital media. Through her multi-disciplinary multi-media art practice she explores the mutual relationships between people and the nonhuman world. Over the past ten years she has worked on art projects drawn from, and co-produced with, termites, minerals, bowerbirds, rabbits, cane toads, salmon gum trees and thrombolites, amongst others. With a background in environmental science Phillips’ work is often complementary to, though not constrained by, scientific understanding. Indeed her work often focuses on matter(s) that exceed scientific understanding or which might not be considered logically sensible in order to recover a sense of astonishment or wonder often stripped from scientific interpretation. In dialogue with Merle Patchett
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-128
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2013


  • Sound
  • Ecosystems
  • More-than-Human Geographies
  • Aesthetics

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