Julia Phillips was born and raised in Hamburg and is the citizen of Germany and the United States. She relocated to New York in 2013 for graduate school, and has been based there since, while attending several international residency programs.
Alongside works on paper and videos, Phillips works primarily with ceramics and metal, creating sculptures reminiscent of functional objects. The ”tools” and “apparatuses" suggest a use for the human body and their titles point to physical, social, and psychological relations. Phillips describes her intellectual interests to be framed by psycho-analytical and Black feminist thought, as well as Postcolonial questions and issues of social Belonging.
Her most recent exhibitions are her first institutional solo exhibition 'Failure Detection’ at MoMA PS1, her participation in the 10th Berlin Biennial ‘We don’t need another hero’, and her participation in the New Museum Triennial ‘Songs for Sabotage’. Phillips’ work has been reviewed in the New Yorker, Frieze, FlashArt International, Contemporary& Magazine, and CURA magazine.