Life of Phillis

1979, 55:23 min, b&w, sound

Newly restored from its original elements, Life of Phillis is one of Oursler's earliest video narratives. In this psychosexual, low-tech epic, Oursler creates an outrageous theatrical world, fashioning characters from unlikely found objects. Willfully primitive, often grotesque, and crafted with an ingenious visual shorthand, Life of Phillis inhabits an ironic landscape fabricated from the detritus of pop culture.

Camera: Nina R. Salerno.