Photo of Paulette Phillips
Photo of Paulette Phillips
Paulette Phillips
Faculty of Art, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

practice based research, materiality, affect, liveness, ecology, ruins, dwelling, works in choreography, writing, Performance, film, Video, Installation, Sculpture


Paulette Phillips works in Europe and Canada in film for installation and also with audio, performance, electro-magnetism, digital photography, video, light and mechanics. During her career she has established an international reputation for her tense, humorous and uncanny explorations of the complexity of social and physical energy and contradictions that play out in our construction of stability. She began her career as an artist making video, performance and multimedia performance and went on to train as a feature film director and writer at the Canadian Film Centre.  She shifted from film production to installation based sculpture with film and video in 2000. 


Certified Polygraph Examiner, Maryland Institute for Criminal Justice, 2009

MFA, Sculpture, York University

Canadian Film Centre, Resident Director 1991/92

Professional Experience

museum installation, studio practice, sculpture, fabrication, film and video production, feature film directing, editing and writing, broadcast television, editing, script writing, grant writing; photography and performance  My practice is determined by historical research

Participated in international residencies in Europe, US and Canada

Selected Exhibitions

Recent exhibitions include: Musee d'art Contemporain, Montreal, Screening at Tate Modern, and installations @ Mois de la Photo, Montreal, The Power Plant Toronto; Diaz Contemporary Art, Toronto, ZKM, Germany; Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany; Ludwig Museum, Hungary and Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy.

Awards \ Grants

Chalmers Award; Toronto Arts Council; Ontario Arts Council; Canada Council; residency at La Cite des Arts International, Paris


As Could Be, 2009 Nuit Blanche

The Walking Ferns, 2008, Tatton Park Bienale, Cheshire, UK

Marnie's Handbag, 2008, Fashion Week London,  premiere  screening at the Tate Modern

Bubbalova, 2006, Networked Cities, Toronto

Dog Wood Pond, 2003, Monster Tree, 2006, The Museum of Garden History; London England

Selected Publications

Repatriating the Ark, published by Parabola Rezonancia-Resonance Electromagnetic Bodies, Ludwig Museum, Budapest Guardami, percezione del video, Palazzo delle Papesse, 2005 Caught in the Act, an anthology of performance art, edited by Tanya Mars and Johanna Householder, published by YYZ, 2004 Paulette Phillips The Secret Life of Criminals; Janna Graham, The Unraveling Crime Scene; Maria Walsh, Effluvial Verges; catalogue published by Danielle Arnaud contemporary art, 2004 Paulette Phillips, The Secret Life of Criminals, Clues and Curiosities; Kathleen Pirrie Adams and Gordon Hatt; catalogue published by Cambridge and Oakville Galleries, 2004 Exhumed; catalogue for the Museum of Garden History; pub. Parabola; 2003 by the skin of their tongues; artist video scripts; LOCKJAW script, edited by Nelson Henricks and Steve Reinke; pub. YYZ Books, 1997 Impulse Magazine, New City Ficiton, vol. 14, number 2-3, 1988

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Phillips has been on the Board of Directors of the Power Plant, Mercer Union, Charles Street Video, Trinity Square Video and UMAS, Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and OAC, TAC juries.  She is a certified member of the American Association of Polygraphy