Paulette Phillips on her practice:
"I am interested in paradox and conflict, unease, humor and
contradiction. I work from concept to form and typically produce film
work for installation. I like to directly address and implicate the
viewer in the process of spectatorship and work with installation,
film, audio, performance, electro-magnetism, digital photography and
video, light and mechanics.
The work questions the implied stability of structures like "human
nature", knowledge and architecture and how over time these structures
are contested, disappear or get reclaimed by nature. Psychoanalysis
provides the template for reading behavior as a form of political
resistance, a coping mechanism for trauma where social conventions are
resisted by irregularity and unpredictability. My interest in the
psycho/socio nature of phenomena, how and why things appear is guided
by research into histories where the romantic oscillates with the
Paulette Phillips lives and works in Toronto. She teaches film and installation at The Ontario College of Art and Design.