Phillippa is a prolific artist, whose work spans printmaking, painting, cake heads, clay and stained glass and which is notable for use of strong colour and movement. Once she discovered the joys of drawing on the computer (back in the 80s) she became interested in marrying new technology with traditional techniques, especially in printmaking. She was one of the first to use the computer in the process of printmaking for both screen prints and etchings.
Her paintings centre on communication between people, often in an urban setting and sometimes inspired by group events whether family or public while her woodcuts explore the language of mark making and are normally abstract.
Phillippa believes that while art is a serious business, it can also be fun. Her cake heads, mainly of politicians illustrate this and it also provides an opportunity for people to interact with the art. After all, they eat it. She has now produced her first video which features various exhibitions, centring on the Cake Heads.
Wandsworth Artists Open House weekends 2017 has been and gone. Donald Trump was my chosen head for the Open House. He was first displayed at the Nasty Women's exhibition in Hackney Wick, then raffled and the winner duly spoke a few words before plunging the knife in on October 15th. He was devoured.
Another head has been baked and sculpted, this time of a woman who deserves to be better known. Her name is Charlotte Despard, 1844-1939 a suffragist - the founder of the Women's Freedom League, a socialist who lived in the Battersea Nine Elms area, setting up a working men's club, youth club, clinic and organised soup kitchens in the time of heavy unemployment and was an ardent supporter of Irish independence. From today she is being displayed at Battersea Arts Centre, will be shown as part of London Art Night on July 7th and will then be doing the rounds of libraries here in Wandsworth.