Artwork by Philippa Tully
Influenced by her rural farm upbringing in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Philippa Tully was raised outside, in nature, surrounded by the local farm community of Empangeni. Tully’s work is characterized by its fine detail and personal subject matter. Her recent work experiments with colour, texture and a variety of different media and explores themes of human diversity, disability and difference. Tully always creates with others in mind, as it is her ultimate goal to produce work, which is visually stimulating, satisfying and interesting to viewers.
The ‘Difference’ series comments on the multiple ways in which diversity and
difference can manifest in a given society. Colour, 3D elements and mixed media are used
as a means of representing this vast concept of diversity.
“The core inspiration of the piece stems from my own personal experience as the sibling of a disabled person, and my frustrations with the lack of inclusion and visibility given to mentally disabled or neurologically diverse persons in modern day South Africa. I use this piece as a means of processing my own thoughts on diversity and its inclusion/exclusion of certain minorities. If race, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality, etc. are all accepted as valid within the concept of diversity, why is neurological diversity often ignored?
The piece layers crowds of people in a variety of media, including pencil, pencil crayon, watercolor, and acrylic paint and embossing. No two bodies are of the exact same shape, size, colour or expression. The media are used as a means of communicating the message of the piece, which is the promotion of acceptance and inclusion for all minorities and different bodies”.