Upfront Gallery

Nora Phillips
Thread Play

Upfront Gallery
August 1-30, 2014
First Friday Gallery Walk: August 1, 6-10pm

Nora Phillips

Argentinian-born, Raleigh-based artist Nora Phillips makes paintings that redefine quilting by blending paint, fabric, and thread. She uses provocatively bright colors, puffs up some areas with stuffing like pillows, and adds a bounty of loose thread, or floss, to help support her active compositions.

In her current pieces, thread is the main character.  She uses it to describe emotions and thoughts, sometimes creating feelings of confusion when it is tangled, or it is straightforward, direct, and in your face statements.  At other times it is pulled downward by gravity.

In addition to the rules of art and the suggestions of emotion, the thread for Phillips represents the forces of nature, physics laws of hot and cold and action and reaction. “I love how I can express fluidity, movement and grace in sinuous, feminine lines,” says Phillips. She considers the symbolic meeting of its usual, practical purpose to hold fabric together, but in these paintings the thread is front and center. Rather than playing an invisible background role, she releases it to complete her vibrant compositions.

Artist Biography

Nora Phillips is a painter and fiber artist. Phillips relocated to Raleigh from the San Francisco Bay Area with a strong desire to establish her artistic career in fiber design and quilting. Initially, she dedicated herself to learning the many techniques of fiber painting. She has taught quilting and fabric manipulation classes and her textile works have been exhibited throughout the Triangle.

Phillips was a Community Artist-in-Residence at Artspace from January through March 2013.  Recent accomplishments include participating in the Durham Art Guild’s 58th Juried Art Show, and the juried exhibition, Scapes in the Suntrust Gallery in Durham.