Phil Sidney: Art You Can Wear T-shirt
With the current closure of galleries, museums and public art spaces due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the time to get art out, about and onto the site we take with us everywhere—our bodies.
Putting art front and centre, Art You Can Wear invited submissions from artists and non-artists worldwide for designs that have been printed on a limited edition run of T-shirts. Ten winning designs were chosen from hundreds of entries by a panel including MUMA’s Director Charlotte Day, City of Melbourne’s Design Director Jocelyn Chiew, artist Dr Christian Thompson and artist/Director of Monash Art Projects Professor Callum Morton.
Phil Sidney is an artist who works with painting, drawing and diorama and is inspired by medieval folklore. Wild animals and ‘wildness’ are recurring themes in his practice, which he views as lonely outcasts—as quiet, misunderstood heroes. Night Owl, his design for Art You Can Wear, was originally designed to adorn a shield to imbue it with its symbolic power. ‘The Snowy Owl lives in the darkness connected to the moon,’ says Phil. ‘It is surrounded by magic and mystery. It is well known for its wisdom and stealth.’ Phil works out of Studio A, a Sydney based social enterprise that supports professional artists living with intellectual disability.
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