Paulette Phillips is an artist who makes time-based work and sculpture. Her work can be found in online exhibitions at Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London. She recently completed the digital film The Quoddy Fold, exhibited in the 2019 Bonavista Biennale, Nfld., DOKFest, Kassel, Germany and upcoming in early 2021 at the MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax. She has screened and exhibited her work at Forum Expanded, Berlinale, Berlin; the Tate Modern; the Pompidou Centre; Musee d’art contemporain and the National Gallery of Canada. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, most recently as a 2019 Finalist, Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. 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, France, and in corporate and private collections. She lives in Toronto and West Quoddy, Nova Scotia and teaches time-based and contemporary art practices at OCAD University.
Why did you get involved in this project?
I got involved in April, 2020
Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?
Neutral. My tendency is to work on things immediately and get them off my to do list.
How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?
I like the idea. I initially said I would shoot something but when I received the text I could not form a relationship to it, so I opted to write one. The option to write was optimal, I wrote something quickly and spontaneously and felt good about it. Then I moved back to working on my own work. Later on I was informed that there were other projects in need of finishing so I volunteered to edit. Editing is a joy. I received the footage and I did not insert my “artist ego” into the material and attempted to serve the idea that was presented to me, without judging it.
Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?
Not really… This is a solid technique and I use it in teaching.
If you worked on several videos, what kept you coming back for more and how many did you do?
Midi solicited me saying she had 18 more to complete the project. I like editing and I had time.