Phyllis Lear

Mixed Media / Natchitoches, LA

Artist Statement

My collages encompass who and what I come into contact with on a daily basis. For me, art is everywhere. Any life experience can potentially become a work of art.
The fascination for a found object is its unknown history and the idea of the interrelatedness of all things. I am intrigued by the idea that I have come into contact with an object by chance – or is it chance? If the object is man-made, I wonder about its history – where it originated and how it came to be discarded. I wonder how many different people came into contact with the object before me. Things of the natural world: twigs, bird nests, shells, etc. are placed in my path, I notice them and pick them up. Is this chance?
The subject of each piece is gleaned from my journals and reflects a particular thought I had at a particular time.


Phyllis Lear was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and grew up in a rich Cajun culture of story telling and joie de vie. She attended several Louisiana universities, earning a BA in Art & Industrial Arts Education (ULL) and three graduate degrees – one in art history (LSU) and two in visual arts (Northwestern State and Louisiana Tech).

In 2005, Lear received the Visual Artist Fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Her drawing/collages have been exhibited throughout the United States. Private collectors from Toronto to New Orleans exhibit her art in their homes and offices.

Phyllis worked as an AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteer in 2011 for CASA of Lafourche. She is also a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children. She is self-employed and owns her own business: illearstrations.