Phil Durst

As a collagist, Phil Durst is drawn to pattern and repetition, which are also the hallmarks of quilting. As quilts were traditionally made with scraps and left-over fabrics, Phil works with materials that have also been cast-off or designed for other purposes. He enjoys working with paint chips, old books, candy boxes, and other packaging that all have such beauty even though they were never designed to last. Such a tremendous amount of artistic talent, choice, and color goes into such ephemeral packaging. He likes to preserve their beauty and vibrancy. Phil enjoys the effect of taking such colorful materials and making small pieces that can create a landscape or effect greater than its components. In addition to creating these collages and his other art projects (his desk is built out of 480 mineral water bottles), Phil Durst practices employment and civil rights law with a small firm in Austin. He has also been an adjunct law professor at U.T. Law School since 1999. His work often has a quilt-like quality based upon the influence and tutelage of his wife, Sarah, who is an accomplished quilter. Phil looks forward to creating art on a more full time basis, after his children are finished with college.