Phyllis Famiglietti

17″x19″; paper on game board; 2020

Phyllis Famiglietti
Boston, Massachusetts, USA


What I like most about working in collage is that I get to play with appearances and assumptions of consensus reality.

I use a variety of materials in my work and sometimes a piece of text or my own photography will be the launching point of an investigation. Old books and magazines, instruction manuals, comics, found elements from the street and flea markets, all fascinate me. I’m inspired by the colors and textures of these weathered and worn materials, and my exploration takes the shape of regrouping and reframing these elements into unique and compelling relationships.


I’ve been a professional film and video editor for 35 years. I started off as a news and documentary editor at NBC, and then opened my own shop where I edited films for numerous clients including photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber. Working with Bruce’s incredible imagery helped to inform a layering style that became a signature of my video work and found it’s way into my collage work as well. The Pet Shop Boys music video “Being Boring”, and the art documentary film “Broken Noses” both won major awards in their genre.

All through my life I’ve experimented with photography. As the medium advanced from analog to digital I created imagery combining color and black & white photos collaged and manipulated in Photoshop.

More recently I felt the pressing need to go beyond the constraints of video and photography and so ventured into the world of analogue collage. The work I now produce utilizes the genres I know so well, but in a much more tactile way. I appreciate the freedom of using my hands to break away from computer screens and physically manipulate image and form. Exploring disarrangement and disorder in this way, is an extremely satisfying endeavor.

I’ve spent most of my life in New York City and have done numerous workshops at the Art Students League and Parsons School of Design. I recently relocated to Boston where I share a studio with my partner in an old distillery building. My work has been seen in various galleries in Brooklyn, Chelsea and Westchester, New York.


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