Phoebe Collings-James (b. London, 1987)
Lives/Works in London, UK
Phoebe Collings-James graduated in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University in 2009. Collings-James creates multidisciplinary works in sculpture, performance, illustration, photography and video, often incorporating found elements from YouTube and the internet. Her art explores ideas about violence, sexuality, desire and beauty; it’s thought-provoking, provocative and demands a reaction from the viewer.
The Split Phallus etching came from a sculpture I made earlier this year entitled All That Glitters Is Gold, suggesting ‘it is what it is’. A title tweaked from the famous Robert Burns poem which read “All that glitters is not gold”.
The splitting of the phallus is an intently passive gesture to symbolise the dissolution of the typically gold fascinum icon for the good of all. It aims to bring the body back down to earth, relinquishing the burden of the phallus as protector, perpetrator and patriarch.
Etching on Hard Ground
48.5 x 37.5 cm
Edition of 25