Phoebe Collings-James’ work is like an erotic fiesta of raw sexual energy. She first rose to prominence for her etching depicting bestial goings-on, ‘Creatures of the night’, before she was out of Goldsmiths and has since worked through hairy anuses, ‘Windows to the soul,’ to a subtler exploration of skin and identity with ‘Flesh Tint.’  London born and bred, Collings-James’ has marked herself out as a prolific artist, employing a multi-disciplinary approach, ranging from video installations, sculpture to paintings and etchings. Her new website has a URL that gets straight to the point and is definitely NSFW (not-suitable-for-work): cunttoday.com, which thankfully isn’t a daily anatomy update, but a news feed on feminist issues from around the world as well as op-ed pieces from pre-eminent female writers.




Here she picks out three works that she wishes she made:


Janus Fleuri – 1968 – Louise Bourgeois 

“Bourgeios is a French-born artist who lived in New York from her late twenties. She was prolific and I think that is one of the most exciting things in her oeuvre. I would have first experienced her work was in the Tate in 1999 when she showed Mamam. But I first saw this piece in a book and then at her Tate retrospective.

This sculpture oozes from the gut. I love the way it hangs so heavy and bulbous. Bronze is so seductive, you want to touch its polished cold surface but then right in the middle Bourgeois interrupts the sensuality with a spillage.”

Handphone Table – 1978 – Laurie Anderson

“Laurie Anderson is a New York-based artist. In Handphone Table you place your elbows in two small scoops on the table and your hands over your ears. The principle of the sound you hear is based on the conduction through bones. I first experienced the piece at the Barbican in 2011 when it was a part of the Downtown New York show. There was another pillow piece that was great too; you had to lay your head on it to hear the sounds.

She turns the participant into a sonic sculpture, which is so impressive. I enjoy the silence of watching others experience it, head in hands, as much as sitting with it myself. “


How can I resist you – Fatima Al Qadiri

“Fatima was born in Dhaka, Senegal and grew up in Kuwait before moving to her current home in Brooklyn. I first saw this piece online a year ago or so ago and have been obsessed ever since. She’s an artist, producer and composer.

I love everything about this piece, all of its layers; the politics, the composition of sound and image. It is equally successful as a piece of art and has an incredible track, which could easily be on MTV. It’s very subversive.”



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