In previous work Philipsz has used national anthems, love songs, pop songs and even the sounds of bell towers in Cork, Ireland, to draw the viewer/listener into an awareness of their own presumptions. Philipsz manipulates the perceptions of space and the meta-messages of sound with particular attention to the human voice. In her Combs of the Sea, a love-song projected from a spectacular sea vista re-shaped by sculptor Eduardo Chillida, her work interrupted the viewers’ sense of place, inviting them to reflect on an inner experience.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Philipsz studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee, Scotland and then completed a Masters in Fine Art in Belfast, Ireland. Philipsz has participated in Manifesta 3, Ljubljana, Slovenia and The International Studio Arts Program at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY. In 2001 Philipsz was short listed for the Glen Dimplex Artist Awards Exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland. She has recently been chosen to participate in the Triennial of British Art, Tate Britain, London, England. The artist lives and works in Belfast, Ireland.