Paulette Phillips Clues and Curiosities
17 April – 6 June 2004

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

Paulette Phillips presents three film/video installations that are uniquely provocative and intriguing. Each one has involved a particular historical event that has bolstered her interests in emotional states of being and narrative construction. The Floating House offers a meditation on memory, loss and anxiety. It features a house floating adrift on a sea and slowly sinking. The historical basis for this piece has its origins in Newfoundland when small fishing communities were uprooted and floated to other locations. The floating house metaphorically conveys a sense of what it would be like to be placed, unmoored, into an unpredictable environment. Seen in the context of the former Gairloch estate, on the edge of Lake Ontario, the work will further prompt acts of imagination that allow the viewer to identify and creatively associate.

Phillips' oeuvre circles obsessively around themes of social history, forensics, psychology and science. In these tightly crafted pieces, the artist sets into motion a dialogue with viewers, one that ignites the power of imagination to complete a circuit both literally and metaphorically.