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Paulette Phillips: The Quoddy Fold

January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021

Please note: dates are to be announced

The Quoddy Fold is an intimate interaction between a woman and a derelict coastal house. In this one-hour film, Phillips dismantles and studies the movement from wood to dust, damp paper to mold and ponders the house folding back into the land and sea. Phillips’ performance constantly seeks evidence of dissolving boundaries, thingness, history and intersubjectivity of space, place and species. Through the poetics of the ruin, The Quoddy Fold is an interrogation of dwelling and landscape giving space to entertain the ecological, cultural and societal anxieties surrounding impermanence.

About the Artist

Paulette Phillips’ 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 Contemporary Art, London, and Diaz Contemporary, Toronto. Paulette teaches time-based and contemporary art practices at OCAD University.

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January 1, 2021
December 31, 2021
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