Phebe Parisia is an artist and jewellery designer based in Melbourne AU.
Phebe generates large scale abstract installations and assemblages that examine the relationship between materiality, action and affect. Her works feature evolving assemblages and configurations of utilitarian synthetic materials including synthetic industrial fabrics, nylon objects and permanent marker actioned repetitive line worked panels. The works often involve the creation of temporary structural devices or motifs such as screens, walls or altered picture frames within the space, which ‘perform’ a permanence or solidity. However, this sense of stability in the work is undermined by soft fabric, seemingly impermanent or unstable additions and the visually jarring patterns enacted by the artist’s obsessive process of line drawing. Invoking historical precedents including Process art and Minimalism, Parisia’s work expresses an anxious integration of seemingly binary visual forms or experiences.
Parisia holds a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Hons, RMIT University 2007, Master of Cultural Material Conservation, The University of Melbourne 2011, Master of Contemporary Art, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne 2017. She has regularly exhibited in Australia and overseas. Her artwork is held in private collections in Australia, Iceland and Finland.
She was recently commissioned by the NGV Design Store at the National Gallery of Victoria for two exclusive jewellery collections. In 2019, Phebe established the label Prenta X.