Paulette Phillips

Paulette Phillips film installations evolve from an interest in how the subject leaks out of structures like language and architecture. She constructs uncanny experiences that amplify our attachment to voyeuristic pleasure. Born in Halifax and currently based in Toronto, Phillips’ work is represented by Diaz Contemporary Art, Toronto, and Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London. Recently she became certified as a polygraph examiner to carry out a video installation titled The Directed Lie (2011). “History Appears Twice, The First Time as Tragedy The Second Time As Farce.” (2008) was shown at NCAD, Dublin, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, The Musee D’art Contemporain, Montreal and Diaz Contemporary. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery and the MOMA. Recent group exhibitions include: Tatton Park Biennale; The Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; The Power Plant, Toronto, ZKM Germany, Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria, Heidelburg Kunstverein, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, and Palazzo della Papesse, Sienna. Her video Marnie’s Handbag 2008, premiered at the Tate Modern and toured with Rencontres Internationales Paris, Berlin, Madrid. Paulette has lectured on her work at Universities across Canada, the UK and at the MOMA. Paulette is a Professor of Art at The Ontario College of Art and Design where she teaches film and video production, installation practices and sculpture.

Artist Code: 109



2004, 05:00 minutes, colour, English


1992, 20:00 minutes, colour, English

Fear Of Lying

1991, 30:00 minutes, colour, English

Under The Influence

1991, 60:00 minutes, colour, English


1989, 07:00 minutes, colour, French, English subtitles


1987, 35:00 minutes, colour, English

The Cadence of Insanity

1986, 25:00 minutes, colour, English

It Depends

1984, 29:30 minutes, colour, English

K is for Chicken

1983, 06:00 minutes, colour, English/German

Re-Enactment of An Event Which May Have Happened

1983, 12:00 minutes, colour, English


1982, 11:00 minutes, colour, English

Sink Or Swim

1981, 07:00 minutes, colour

Critical Writing

Paulette Phillips Fascinations
by Johanna Householder. Sketch, Spring 2006.
Paulette Phillips [The secret life of criminals.]
by Tanya Buckrell Pos. Canadian Art, Sept. Fall 2004, v. 21, no. 3.
Gestures in the Looking Glass: Performance Art and the Body (1987)
by Dot Tuer. Caught In the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women, 2004. Toronto: YYZ, 2004.
Paulette Phillips: Geoffrey Shea
by Andrew J. Paterson. Vanguard, Feb. 1988, v. 17, no. 1.
by Shonagh Adelman and Bryan Gee. Fuse, Winter 1988, v. 11, no. 4.
From the Father's House: Women's Video and Feminism's Struggle...
by Dot Tuer. Fuse, Winter 1987, v. 11, no. 4.
The 1986 New Work Show
by Geoffery Shea. Cinema Canada, Nov. 1986.
The 1986 New Work Show
British/Canadian Video Exchange '84, 1984. London: Canada House Cultural Centre, 1984.
The New Work Show
by B.D. Hershorn. Toronto: Litho Offset, 1984.