I’m Jerry Phillips. I need to learn to talk about myself in a better manner,but for now what I can say about myself is this:
I am Palauan American. I was born in a hospital that was located on the Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma. This hospital now is abandoned and is home to forgotten memories and boarded windows. I moved a bit with my military father, a loving mother and two sisters. With brief stints of habitation in Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, I found my self in Kentucky starting school on Fort Campbell in Southwest Kentucky. I never imagined I would have found myself, an islander, residing in a landlocked place for an extended stay.
My father retired to the small neighboring town of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where he and my mother currently reside.
My parents never failed to instill in their children unwavering sense of family. It was difficult growing up in this household without realizing my family was quite unique in this small Kentucky city. The juxtaposition of living in two worlds was my life and still is.
Traditional images for Palauan folklore and the ocean have permeated my life and are reflected in the images I developed. This affinity for the sea and the fluidity water inform my work and continues my search to find an openness of an ocean in the most landlocked of places.