Susie

I am drawn to sewing. I like needles and colored threads, small work and tiny stitches... lap work. Some call it piecework. I call it peacework. Recently, I spent some time looking at quilts and especially crazy quilts. I admired the controlled randomness of the construction and the fact that they were usually made of remnants. The idea of using things that are left over, the bits that remain after something is made, has a strong appeal. Pieces of memory making new memories. My studio holds thousands of small scraps of paper that I’ve collected over the years. I have drawers full of drawings, sketches, watercolors done over many years. Why not make my own paper quilts? Out came the glue and scissors and all the pieces of color, including the old paintings. It challenges me to cut up something that came before in order to create something completely new. But, I have to say, it felt good to use my “past” and incorporate it in my “now”. Working on these collages kept me very much in the moment. And I felt such freedom.

“The great lesson from the mystics is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is found in one’s daily life, in one’s backyard.” -Abraham Maslow

I’ll add “and on the studio floor.”

Susie Phillips, March 2014

Exhibitions:

To There & Back
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX
2016

30th Anniversary Show
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX
2014

Still Crazy
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX
2013

Crazy Work
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX
2010

Seed Blossom Fruit
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX
2007

Slightly Ajar
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX
2006

Not Such a Still Life
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX
2004

Travels Abroad
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX
2001

1998
Stories Told and Untold
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX

Brookhaven College
Forum Gallery
Dallas, TX
1997

Conduit Gallery,
Dallas, TX
1995

Big Drawings, Small Paintings
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX
1991

D.W. Gallery
Dallas, TX
1988

D.W. Gallery
Dallas, TX
1986

D.W. Gallery
Dallas, TX
1984

D.W. Gallery
Dallas, TX
1982

D.W. Gallery
Dallas, TX
1979

Group Exhibitions:

Winners of the 44th Invitational
Longview Museum of Fine Arts
Longview, TX
2007

Shared Visions: Texas Artists Then and Now, Curated by Paul R. Harris
Arlington Museum of Art, Galveston Art Center, Art Museum of the Southwest
Beaumont, TX
2006

Invitational Exhibit
Longview Museum of Fine Arts
Longview, TX
2006

Depart/Return
Meadows Museum of Art
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX
2000

Palette ’99 Celebration of the Arts
Cain Center, Athens, “Six Ways of Seeing”
University Art Gallery, Fain Fine Art Center
Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, TX
1999

Registered
California Museum of Art
Luther Burbank Center
Santa Rosa, CA
1997

Made in Texas
Parchman Stremmel Galleries
San Antonio, TX
1995

New Work
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX
1994

Group Exhibition
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX
1993

National Arts Club
New York, NY
One of 15 artists chosen nationally to be featured on “Bravo”, Cultural Arts Network, through 1992
1992

A Woman’s Place is in the Art Bar
Art Bar, Dallas, TX
1990

Lone Star Art
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS
1990

Conduit Artists: Work on Paper
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX
1990

Ad-Infinitum
University of Texas at Dallas
Dallas, TX
1989

Two-Person Show
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX
1989

The Zoo Show
Trammel Crow Center
Dallas, TX
1988

Group Exhibitions
Rotan-Mosle
Dallas, TX
1988

Self-Portrait
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX
1988

19th Annual Prints, Photography and Drawings
Arkansas Art Center
Little Rock, AR
1987

The Flower and Garden Show
D.W. Gallery
Dallas, TX
1987

Art in the Metroplex
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX
1986

Southwest 85
Museum of Fine Arts
Santa Fe, NM
1985

10th Anniversary Exhibition
D.W. Gallery
Dallas, TX
1985

The Crescent Collection Exhibition I
The Crescent Center
Dallas, TX
1984

Group Show
D.W. Gallery
Dallas, TX
1984

Four State Survey
Santa Fe Festival of the Arts
Santa Fe, NM
1983

Art from Dallas Galleries
Caltex House
Irving, TX
1983

Art Museum of South Texas (Merit Award)
Corpus Christi, TX
1983

Austin Contemporary Exhibition
Austin, TX
1982

Women-In-Sight: New Art in Texas
Brookhaven College
Dallas, TX
1981

Chautaugua National
(Chautaugua Art Association Award,
Eric Gray Memorial Purchase Selection)
Chautaugua, NY
1981

Landscape Invitational
D.W. Gallery
Dallas, TX
1979

Dallas Art 79
City Hall
Dallas, TX
1979

Gift Wrap
D.W. Gallery
Dallas, TX
1979

Women-In-Sight: New Art in Texas
Austin, TX
1979

Channel 13 Gallery
KERA Public Television
Dallas, TX
1978

Works on Paper: Southwest 1978
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, TX
1978

Trees Invitational
D.W. Gallery
Dallas, TX
1978

Two Person Show
D.W. Gallery
Dallas, TX
1977

Collections:

American Airlines
Dallas, TX

Southwestern Bell
San Antonio, TX

A.T. & T.
Dallas, TX

Chautaugua Art Association
Chautaugua, NY

Crescent Collection
Dallas, TX

Fulbright & Jaworski
Dallas, TX

Tishman/Speyer
New York, NY

Methodist Medical Center
Dallas, TX

G.T.E.
Irving, TX

Belo Corporation
Washington, D.C.

Delta Airlines
Dallas, TX

LaSamanna Hotel
(Rosewood Hotels)
St. Martins

Rose Hall
Wyndham Hotel
Jamaica

Safeco Corporation
Dallas, TX

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

Neiman Marcus
Dallas, TX

Bibliography:

Amy Durham: LUXE, “Art in Balance”

Charles Dee Mitchell: Dallas Morning News
Wall to Wall Party

Charles Dee Mitchell: Dallas Morning News
Shaking Up The Still Life

Janet Kutner: Dallas Morning News
Phillips’ Still Lifes Run Deeper

Charles Dee Mitchell: Dallas Morning News
Off-the-Wall Art: Playful, Sly and Seductive

Janet Kutner: Dallas Morning News
Susie Phillips’ Ripe Images

Ann Jarmusch: Dallas Times Herald
Brault and Phillips at Conduit

Janet Kutner: Dallas Morning News
Pushing the Limits - Methodically

Janet Kutner: Dallas Morning News
Art in the Metroplex Top Quality

Susan Freudenheim: Texas Homes
Objects of Affection

Bill Marvel: Dallas Times Herald
Painter, Sculptor Bring the
Ordinary to Life