Category Archives: Artworks



BOOBOO is a group exhibition of sculptural works by Karryn Argus, Stephania Leigh and Caroline Phillips. Following their first collaborative exhibition BOOB: Bias Objects Objective Bodies (Kings ARI, 2016), BooBoo continues to pursue collective ideas of the embodied object and its agency within feminised spaces.

July – September 2020

Assembly Point, at Creative Spaces Guild, 152 Sturt St. Southbank, Melbourne

BOOBOO, Installation view, Assembly point, Melbourne. Caroline Phillips, Blobbing (x3), and Stephania Leigh, Acquiescence 1

Caroline Phillips, Blobbing (details), 2020

Caroline Phillips, It’s still happening…,  2017-20

L-R (x2) Stephania Leigh, A Female, and Karryn Argus, Beside Myself 

Karryn Argus, Alongside

Partial Figure (RYB), Stephania Leigh

All documentation by Clare Rae

Read BOOBOO Statement

Reviews of BOOBOO

The Review Board, July 14, 2020
SouthBank News review by Rhonda Dredge, August 4, 2020 

L-R, Caroline Phillips, Karryn Argus, & Stephania Leigh at Assembly Point, Melbourne

Photo by Tobias Willis

A1 Darebin Art Salon 2020

A1 Darebin Art Salon 2020

July 10, 2020 – September 4, 2020

An online exhibition presented by Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

Caroline Phillips, Iso Self Portrait, 2020
digital photograph, collage, recycled plastic, textile, wire, synthetic felt, builder's twine. 42 x 59.4 cm

Community voting runs from 10 July – 4 September 2020

View complete exhibition here

Crafting Resistance – Six Moments in Kingston

2019 Crafting Resistance – Six Moments in Kingston, Kingston Arts Centre, Melbourne,

August 22- September 14, 2019

Curated by Tal Fitzpatrick


Curated by craftivist Tal Fitzpatrick, this exhibition showcased a  diverse collection of textile protest banners and video documentation created by local participants and community organisations during the mini art festival Six Moments in Kingston.

Taking inspiration from the story of Julie Cooper, the first woman elected to local council in 1976 and first female mayor of Moorabbin in 1982; the banners commemorate the legacy of women’s suffrage and the struggles for equal rights endured into the present day.

Totem and Taboo

Totem and Taboo

Feltspace,  Adelaide
5th – 21st September 2019

Image: Totem #1 , 2019, digital photograph on tyvek

Totem #1, 2019. Digital photograph on tyvek, 42x60cm

Totem & Taboo makes connections between thought, feeling and the material. Freud’s iconic text of the same name, written in 1918, explores the primacy of instinct, sexuality and spirituality to the organization of society, through an anthropological study of the rituals and beliefs of certain Indigenous groups, including Indigenous Australians. It links social and political organizational paradigms to innate psychological structures of his formation of the Oedipal complex, and aligns the ‘dark continent’ of the category woman, to ‘the primitive’. Whilst Freud’s ideas construct a racialized and hierarchical view that has been widely discredited, evidence of the dominance of such a patriarchal world view remains, over 100 years later.

What would it look like if the world rejected a masculinized power structure as a useful framework? How would we do that? What other forces would, then, be uncovered? Drawing on the artist’s continuing explorations of the object as a feminist strategy, Totem & Taboo explores an imaginary world of people and things, conjoined in a sense of community, strength and agency. Images and objects of encounter provide moments of ritual, protection, kinship, balance and transformation.

Totem #2, Totem #3, Totem #4, 2019, recycled foam rubber, acrylic tape, found objects, stainless steel, rubber, recycled plastic, rubber, stainless steel pins, acrylic tape

Playtime Series

Playtime Series

A photographic series of works exploring bodies interacting with my sculptural works, in a manner of their own choosing. Paricipants are artists, peers, or members of the public, who can nominate the sculpture they prefer to interact with.


Playtime # 3, 2018, digital print on tyvek, 30 x 42 cm

Playtime #3 was produced during a workshop at Boxcopy, Brisbane, in 2018, as part of the exhibition there’s something happening here… (extended remix).  It was later shown in Love Letters to Feminisms, at Trocadero Artspace, Melbourne, Curated by Margaret Mayhew and Nilmini Fernando.

Thank you to Boxcopy and to Beth Jackson and Thea Jackson who appear in this photo.

Other photos in the series, thank you to all the participants:




Langford 120,

April 21 – May 20, 2018

Launch event April 29

AbstractionTwentyEighteen  is a constellation of curated exhibitions that took place across Melbourne during April/May 2018. Venues included Langford 120, Five Walls, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery and more. The satellite shows were timed to coincide and converse with The Field Revisited exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Curated by Wilma Tabacco and Stephen Wickham

Two works were exhibited at Langford 120, including Three Thousand Pipe Cleaners, 2010, above, chenille stems, steel mesh, cable ties, 70x70x70cm. Photo by Tim Gresham.



and Untitled Soft, 2017, above, wool and recycled synthetic felt, velcro, 30x80x15.

Various Existential Angsts

Various Existential Angsts,

Caroline Phillips, Goddess & Untitled (mustard), 2017, recycled textile, recycled plastic, acrylic rope, velcro, foam rubber. Installation view, NARS Foundation Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

NARS Foundation New York,

Summer 2017 Residency Exhibition

September 8-25,

NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY

Artists: Ekin Balcioglu (USA/Turkey), Rachel Garber Cole (USA), Janna Dyk (USA), Jackie Feng (USA), Bas Geerts, (Netherlands), Joshua Liebowitz (USA), Bryan Martello (USA), Amaia Marzabal (Spain), Caroline Phillips (Australia), Kara Springer (Canada).




Free Love Hurts



Council of People’s Commissars in Smolny Palace, Petrograd, circa December 1917. Alexandra Kollontai at centre, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin to her right. Image in the public domain, colour manipulated by Rachel Pearce


Bon Mott – Edward Ounapuu – Caroline Phillips – Jennifer Rooke – Callum Royle – Siying Zhou

Mailbox Art Space,

Flinders Lane, Melbourne

2 August – 2 September 2017
Opening night: Thursday 3 August, 6-8pm

This exhibition asks six contemporary artists to respond to the radical Soviet feminist activism of Alexandra Kollontai. A sexual revolutionary, an author and a diplomat, Kollontai served as one of the first women in the Bolshevik government’s inner circle after the 1917 Russian Revolution. She fought female oppression and argued that women’s emancipation should extend to their sexuality, as well as their traditional roles in society.

As many of Kollontai’s policies were overturned by Stalin in the 1920s, this exhibition stands as a reminder of feminism’s troubled path, and its powerfully optimistic future.

Curated by Rachel Pearce and Andrée Ruggeri

9×5 NOW

9 X 5 NOW


Caroline Phillips, Black Mirror, 2017, recycled rubber, plastic, adhesive paper, builder’s twine on board, 9x5inches


Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

16–25 June, 2017

This exhibition formed a central part of the ART150 programme at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. The exhibition showcased generations of practicing artists who have studied or taught at the National Gallery School or VCA Art referencing the famous 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition held at the Buxton Rooms, Swanston Street Melbourne in 1889.

See here for an interview with 9×5 NOW curator, Elizabeth Gower

View the online catalogue here




l-r works by Lynn Mowson, Emma Shin, Caroline Phillips


l-r works by Caroline Phillips, Amaia Iturri, Bronwyn Watson and Amaya Iturri

A group exhibition curated by Alojz Babic

featuring Amaya Iturri, Lynn Mowson, Caroline Phillips, Emma Shin, Bronwyn Watson

Space@Collins, March 14-19, 2017

part of VAMFF (Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival)




BOOB – Biased Objects Objective Bodies



C.Phillips, spherical object #1, 40x30x30cm, 2016, recycled plastic, electrical plugs and foam rubber


photos by Clare Rae


A collaborative installation of sculptural works by Karryn Argus, Stephanie Leigh and Caroline Phillips, BOOB examines the relationship between bodies and objects through abstraction and materiality. These three artists make things out of timber, fabric, rope and soft stuff that amalgamates in seductive, feminised objects. Their differing forms encompass de-constructed bodies and simplified shapes, formed through handmade and industrialised processes. BOOB questions regimes of power and control, proposing alternate frameworks of elasticity, relation and fun.

KINGS Artist Run

October 1 – 22, 2016.




Caroline-Phillips, warped, 2015, stainless-steel, synthetic rope, 250x400x30cm, photo by Clare Rae

Caroline Phillips,  warped, 2015, stainless-steel, synthetic rope, 250x400x30cm, photo by Clare Rae

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Caroline Phillips, Plug Ins, 2015, rubber, plastic, chenille stems, electrical plugs, photo by Clare Rae

Caroline Phillips, Sequential Steel No.3, 2015, stainless steel, chenille stems, rubber octopus straps, photo by Clare Rae
Caroline Phillips, Sequential Steel No.3, 2015, stainless steel, chenille stems, rubber octopus straps, photo by Clare Rae

Caroline Phillips, Untitled Pink, 2015

Curve bar, 2014, recycled steel, acrylic tape, recycled rubber, dimensions variable, photo by Clare Rae

Living museum of the West, Maribyrnong

April 4 to April 19, 2015




quietNOISE, Installation view, Chapman and Bailey, 2014

works l-r: Skulk, 2013, chenille stems, rubber octopus straps; Equilibrium #1, 2012, recycled plastic and rubber, wire, rubber tie-down strap; Untitled, 2013, rubber octopus straps, rubber; Skulk, 2013, octopus straps, recycled leather; Equilibrium #2, rubber octopus straps, recycled rubber

Chapman and Bailey Gallery, Abbotsford, Melbourne

February 14 -March 15, 2014

A group exhibition which featured five contemporary artists who live and work in Melbourne – Corinna Berndt, Dawn Csutoros, Sara Lindsay, Caroline Phillips  and Filomena Coppola. Curated by Chapman and Bailey.

Curtain Call




Caroline Phillips, Dysfunction, 2013, recycled cotton and elastic, plastic, leather, rubber octopus straps, synthetic rope and found objects, dimensions variable

Blindside, Melbourne

November 27 to December 14, 2013

Curated by Kali Michailidis, Photographs by Alison Fairley

Regimes of Value





Works by Caroline Phillips

Photos  by Catherine Evans

Margaret Lawrence Gallery 15 March to 13 April 2013,The Substation 7 March to 7 April 2013

An exhibition over two Melbourne venues curated by Elizabeth Gower investigating the appropriation of urban detritus as a contemporary art strategy.

Lauren Berkowitz, Ryan Foote, Michael Georgetti, Elizabeth Gower, Nathan Gray, Lou Hubbard, Christopher Lg Hill, Matt Hinkley, Melanie Irwin, Ash Keating, Nicholas Mangan, Rowan Mcnaught, John Nixon, Louise Paramor, Simon Pericich, Joshua Petherick, Caroline Phillips, Elvis Richardson, Stuart Ringholt, Ilia Rosli, Julie Shiels, Slow Art Collective, Kate Smith, Charlie Sofo, Masato Takasaka, Alex Vivian

Regimes of Value blog

Interior Architecture

Caroline Phillips, Untitled Grey, 2010

Photo by Clare Rae

LaTrobe Visual Arts Centre


June 16 – July 24, 2011

A group exhibition exploring the ways that contemporary artists experience the body in space. Artists included Timothy Kendall-Edser, Catherine Evans, Mark Friedlander, Kate Just, Caroline Phillips, Clare Rae, Julie Shiels, Inez de Vega

Curated by Caroline Phillips – for further information and images please refer to the Curatorial Projects page on this site.

Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics and Ethics

 A video still from the work 'Holding Pattern II'

Holding Pattern, video still, 2010

Slade Rsearch Centre


December 3-5, 2010

A video piece derived from the work Holding Pattern was shown at Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics and Ethics, a Luce Irigaray Conference held at University College London, presented by The Bartlett School of Architeture and Slade School of Fine Art, December 3-5, 2010. The video was shown in an exhibition for the panel entitled Understanding Difference, Why Poetry Matters, shown at the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London.

Thanks to Kym Dillon for the sound for this video.

Hide and Seek


3000 pipe cleaners, 2009, chenille stems, wire mesh, cable ties, 60x60x60cm

Slump, 2009, recycled foam rubber, plastic mesh, dimensions variable

Hang, 2009, recycled rubber, dimensions variable

Photos by Tim Gresham

red gallery


July 21 – August 7, 2010

An exhibtion of sculpture with Samantha Scott, this exhibition was a Craft Cubed Satellite Event supported by

Craft Victoria ‘s Craft Cubed Festival, 2010.