Phillip Byrne – Unselfing

As an Artist Phillip Byrne is interested in exploring holistic identity through process. Having been stripped of bodily, mental and emotional autonomy over the course of debilitating battles with Crohn’s Disease and Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome, art-making has allowed Phillip to play the role of ontological surgeon – placing his own metaphysical body on the dissection table and exploring its interior contents.

Phillip views his art practice as a kind of agriculture of ritual in which multiple processes are planted and their artifacts harvested. The foundational process – which cross-pollinates all subsequent rituals – consists of an experimental marbling practice in which ink, spray paint and float-able solids are suspended on the surface of water and mono-printed on paper.

The artist sees these mono prints – often manifesting as circular forms and geographical amalgamations – as cosmic eggs or embryos with transformative and alchemical potential.  These embryonic works are often replanted and re-harvested multiple times –  fragmented and reassembled, digitized and manipulated, projected into 3-dimensional space, and placed into new contexts. Engagement with these processes manifests personal associations and allows for personal explorations of the interior anatomies of Byrne’s mind/body/emotions, appraisals of their damages, and questionings of his relationship to all three.  The harvested artifacts of these nested rituals manifest as visual expressions in multiple voices – externalized vocalizations of an interior Babelian choir attempting to ontologically echo-locate and unify itself.

Phillip Bryne

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