Áine Phillips

Buttered Up 2017 (HDV, 6 mins) is showing at Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery & Studios until 2 October 2021

Live performance at 5pm on 17 September 2021


Buttered Up tells the story of a performance artist who embarks on an improbable journey to explore a visceral underworld of domesticity. She uses a practical method of escapology, quantities of butter and a complete suspension of disbelief to undergo an unusual metamorphosis. The protagonist evades entrapment … or is the domestic frame itself a means of escape?

Áine Phillips will create a live sequel to Buttered Up in the gallery on Culture Night, 17 Sept at 5pm. This new performance will further explore ideas of liberation from domestic entrapment, the transformational life of the unconscious and the potential of metaphysical rebirth.

Áine Phillips is a performance artist based in Galway, exhibiting and performing in Ireland and internationally since the late 80’s. She creates work for multiple contexts; public art commissions, the street, club events, galleries, theatres and museums. Her work deals with feminist philosophy and politics, using art to comment and make propositions on subjectivity, gender and social change. In 2015, she produced and edited 'Performance Art in Ireland: A History’ (Live Art Development Agency/ Intellect Books UK) and publishes regularly in visual art journals and books. Her performative video works and art films have been screened internationally at festivals and exhibitions. She has worked extensively as a curator of performance events in Ireland and the UK. Her work has been supported and collected by the Arts Council of Ireland. She is head of sculpture at Burren College of Art.