Cat Chiu Phillips creates installation work in public spaces often using contemporary handicraft methods. By using various found materials, discarded items became an interest because of its contextual value. Inevitably this has inspired her to create installation and public art projects using various recycled products such as plastic and e-waste.
Her public art commissions include the San Diego International Airport, Nashville International Airport for Bonnaroo, Riverside Art Museum, Westfield Horton Plaza and UTC in San Diego, City of Pasadena, City of Vista, City of Solana Beach, Las Vegas Arts and Culture Commission, Amelia Island (FL) Travel Commission, and Atlanta Beltline Project. Phillips has received awards from the California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and has been an public school educator for over 17 years.