Using a multilayered process, Phillips seeks to blur reality/fiction, intimate/public, cinematic/documentary, art/life, to generate an awareness of the subjectivity of reality and media, to breakdown borders of society surrounding taboos, particularly those surrounding female sexuality, transcendence, and normality, while highlighting the illusive absurdity of life in its inevitable journey to death.
Forming cathartic transcendental journeys, Phillips delves herself into the extreme to expose the realm of the intimate, while unearthing mysterious worlds and mental states. She engages her own experience, in relationship to heavy research, to provoke discussions. Using herself as a cathartic tool, she hopes her work will act like transference found in psychoanalysis where one tells stories, listing interaction, dreams, and thoughts, in order to obtain a deeper understanding of oneself.
ON-GOING PROJECT TO DOCUMENT HER LIFE AND LIFE ITSELF
Phillips’s performance art practice is routed in an ongoing documentation of her life, and life itself, with a 35mm point-and-shoot and personal writing collected from dreams, conversations + the overheard. The project is at once a surrealist travelogue of her life, while simultaneously an ethnographic survey of society that plays with notions of storytelling.
Seeking to directly investigate the body in relation to cultural notions and psychical space, Mavi Phillips’s performance practice began with filming herself in transcendental performances, a process that still remains at the base of her practice, but is now also translated through various mediums and forms.
Publications + Prints
Books, editions, and prints of the performance works, in the form of photos and writing, are available for sale.