Heather Raquel Phillips is a mixed race, multi media artist working in performance, video, text and photography. As a Philadelphia native & resident, she creates her work with a tight knit community of friends to create intimate imagery & visibility for her subjects.
Phillips works with queer subjects to represent and produce autonomy for negated identities, striving not only for the liberation from normative compartmentalization but a refusal of the status quo. Her characterizations assume the form of tropes to walk directly through stereotypes welcoming the viewer into a conversation that questions and exposes race, gender & sexual classifications as an unstable social construct. Her goal is to simultaneously disrupt notions of normalcy and debunk a patriarchal & heteronormative power structure.
Phillips received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and her MFA from University of Pennsylvania where she was the recipient of the prestigious Toby Devon Lewis Fellowship, as well as the Stuart Egnal Scholarship Award. She has recently shown work at Mama Gallery, LA, the Ice Box Project Space, NAPOLEON &Space 1026 in Philadelphia, BLAM Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Hyphen, D.C. & The Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago. She had a solo show in Spring of 2018 at James Oliver Gallery in Philadelphia. Phillips was Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2017 & She is a lecturer in The fine arts department at The University of Pennsylvania.