Paulette Phillips
 
Paulette Phillips, The Directed Lie
The Directed Lie  2009 (ongoing)  Installation view VOLTA NY 2018  Courtesy David Willems Photography
 
Biography
Paulette Phillips is an artist based in Toronto. Her work deals with the relationship between viewer and subject, focusing on witnessing, looking and reflection. Consistent in her work is an interest in the way psychological content is embedded in the physical world. Over the past thirty years she has worked in visual art, film and theatre and for the past 15 years has primarily focused on sculpture and film installation showing her work primarily in the UK, France and Germany. Her work is in a number of public collections including the National Gallery Canada, Oakville Galleries, the Museum of Modern of Modern Art and Frac, Haute-Normandie and in corporate and private collections including Gluskin Sheff + Associates and BMO Bank of Montreal. Her work is represented by Danielle Arnaud, London. Paulette teaches time-based and contemporary art practices at OCAD University.
Curriculum vitae
 
Press
Exhibitions at the gallery: VOLTA NY 2018, Paulette Phillips  2013, Shaky Legs  2011 
 
Artist's Website
 
SELECTED WORKS *click thumbnails to view larger images
The Directed Lie, video installation 
2012  330 portraits of artists, curators and collectors, 23-hour video with sound, 7 books (8 cities), desk, computer, speakers  
Paulette Phillips, The Directed Lie
The Directed Lie, video installation 
2012  330 portraits of artists, curators and collectors, 23-hour video with sound, 7 books (8 cities), desk, computer, speakers  
Paulette Phillips, The Directed Lie
 
Have you ever used your attractiveness to get something that you wanted? The Heart, S. C-G, PARIS 
2012  powder-coated waterjet-cut aluminum  79 x 91.5 cm
Paulette Phillips
 
 
Have you ever cheated on your partner? Energy, C.R. TORONTO
2012  powder-coated waterjet-cut aluminum  122 x 91.5 cm  
Paulette Phillips
 
 
Cross talk 
2004  film still 
 
Monster Tree
2006, 16mm transferred to DVD, flat screen monitor, 6min loop
 
 
Homewrecker #1, #2
2005, video installation
 
 
Smut
2004, duratrans, video and sound
 
Crosstalk
2004, 35mm transferred to DVD, projection with sound, 7min loop
  
 
 
The Secret Life of Criminals
A series of film and video installations
These installations are short gestural narratives based on my observations of human behaviour. These mini dramas are twisted metaphors inspired by occurrences, interactions or acts of folly which play out daily on any bus, street corner, car, restaurant, park, ravines... These witnessed events signal distress, melt down, an illness as metaphor to larger issues confounding our existence. I am interested in how people undo themselves and seemingly participate in their own misfortune. I see this behavioral paradox - of short circuiting one’s best interests - as the root of my continuing interest and engagement with narrative form.
The Secret Life of Criminals, single channel video
The Floating House  2002, 16 mm film with sound, presented as a projection on DVD
Ecstasy  2001, two channel video and sound
"It's about how people judge appearance"  2001, video and sound