Photograph Insects of Suriname 20 on the cover page:
Musée: Vanguard of Photography Culture Art Out:
3 months residency in New York and Louisville Ky with special project curator Ayelet Aldouby, IDEASxLAB and Residency Unlimited, thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts. In her new artistic creation, the air quality dress, the artist will participate in a Jane's walk on May 6th 11 am, in the South Bronx, to display the EPA’s color code informed by measurements performed by Columbia University.
Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery
April 20th-May 27th, 547W 27th Street, New York
May 11th 7 pm Gallery talk with Curator Ayelet Danielle Aldouby
Dominique Paul plays with the representation of the body and explores its transformation. Her interactive wearable structures raise awareness to social justice issues such as income inequality, air quality, animal population decline and others. See porfolio 4-6 and PDF Americas' Folly (scrolling down this page).
The notion of body transformation informs Paul’s fantastical invention of hybrid creatures. In her Insects of Suriname series, the lacy cutouts of bodybuilder’s flesh from magazines are buoyed by colorful consumer products. The surrealistic scenes share space with flora and insects illustrated by Maria S. Merian, a Baroque-era naturalist documenting metamorphosis of insects. Taking the form of a botanical mandala, Paul strives to express a sense of urgency in the playing fields of our human-centric society that overuses the planet’s resources. In her Escapist series, an extremely hybrid human figure floats in a cosmic background as if she/he is preparing to find another planet to dwell on. Paul boldly envisions a future where the genetic code of living organisms is altered, and a strange new hierarchy among sentient beings emerges.
Dominique Paul, Ph.D., shares her time between Montreal and New York. Since 2002, she has presented more than 20 solo exhibitions in North America and Europe. In 2017, she has a residency with IDEASxLAB, New York NY, Louisville Ky and her second solo show in Chelsea at Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery. In 2015, she had a residency with Residency Unlimited, New York with performances in that city and at the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C., for an audience of 800. In 2013-14, she had her first solo show at Miyako Yoshinaga, with media coverage in the on-line New York magazine, Whitewall magazine and San Francisco Quarterly's staff pick. In 2014, she was selected for What We Bring Within at the Art Museum of the Americas, the 40th Anniversary show of the Womanhouse project: • A "Womanhouse"or a Roaming House? “A Room of One’s Own” Today, at A.I.R. Gallery, New York, curated by Mira Schor and Jerseyscapes at Jersey City University Gallery. In 2013, her video Migrations of the Arthropods was featured in Time Out New York magazine as part of the LUMEN festival and she had a solo show at a chashama foundation gallery in Chelsea. In 2012, she was awarded an artist in residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council on Governors Island, and was selected for a showcase of Quebec artists at Guided by Invoices Under The Radar: The New Visionaries, curated by Janine Armin. In 2010, she was one of 15 artists selected for Art Montreal Contemporary in Shanghai Times Square as part of the World Expo. In 2010, she took part in The First International Nano Art Exhibition, Studio 101, Suzhou, China. She obtained in 2009 a Ph.D., photography and digital media, UQAM Quebec and a MFA in 2000, photography and media arts, UNSW, Sydney, Australia.