Dominique Paul is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice addresses social and environmental issues such as the increase in inequalities, environmental injustice and the decline of biodiversity through performance with interactive wearables, collaborative projects with the community, drawing and collages. She shares her time between Montreal and New York, where she is represented by Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, featuring her work at Paris Photo 2017 and ZONAMACO, Mexico, 2020. Since 2002, she has presented more than 20 solo exhibitions in North America and Europe while participating in artist residencies including: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2012, Residency Unlimited, New York (2015) and IDEAS xLab, Louisville, KY and New York (2017). In 2015, Paul produced a performance at the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C. In 2019, she presented her projects with interactive wearables at Performance in Art and Art Education, Columbia University, with social practice curator Ayelet D. Aldouby. Her latest exhibition, title Silent Spring (see review in Whitehotmagazine whitehotmagazine.com/articles/paul-at-m…, is from Rachel Carson’s 1962 prophetic essay which was critical in banning DDT. Paul is combining drawings of bird species at risk, a symbol of freedom, with images of human and consumer products to inspire a better relationship. As in all her projects, minorities are included to raise awareness also to civil rights, since both issues had groundbreaking laws voted in the 60s in the United States and are still not resolved more than half a century later.
Her work is part of the Smithsonian Collection (2018) as well as international collections. Paul received the Quebec and Australian governments excellence scholarships for her Master of Fine Arts, media arts, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia (2000) and Doctorate in the Study and Practice of Arts from the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada (2009). In 2019, her updated PhD thesis was published as an essay by l’Harmattan, Paris, Entre chair et lumière : de la possibilité d’une distance critique par l’objet-image.
Le printemps silencieux/Silent Spring
Le printemps sera-t-il silencieux ? Rachel Carson avait publié Silent Spring en 1962, un essai qui avait mené au bannissement du DDT aux États-Unis. Aujourd’hui la situation est aussi critique : un grand nombre d’oiseaux sont actuellement en voie d’extinction, menacés ou vulnérables. Au Québec, c’est une trentaine d’espèces et au Canada près de 90 qui risquent de disparaître. Cette exposition a pour objectif de sensibiliser aux espèces aviaires en péril. Plus de 80 travaux des élèves de l'école secondaire Jacques-Rousseau sont aussi présentés, de merveilleux dessins et collages des espèces d'oiseaux et d'insectes vulnérables. En complément, une bande sonore présentant le chant de 15 espèces maintenant disparues de la région, est audible au parc Michel-Chartrand, Longueuil, à proximité du chalet (extérieur), de 10 à 13 heures et de 15 à 17 heures tous les jours.
Bibliothèque Georges Dor, 2760, chemin de Chambly J4L 1M6, Longueuil, Québec
Accès libre sans réservation avec stationnement à l'arrière
2 mars-25 avril, March 2nd-April 25th 2021
mardi au jeudi de 10-19:30 heures
vendredi de 10-18:00 heures
samedi et dimanche de 10-17:00 heures
L’artiste remercie le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec et l’agglomération de Longueuil pour son appui financier, le Club d’ornithologie de Longueuil et Manon Garant de l’École Jacques-Rousseau pour leur collaboration.
Featuring endangered species of birds and bumblebees among trees where Rachel Carsons's essay Silent Spring meet Black Lives Matter, to inspire harmonious relationships.
Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery
September25th-October 31st 2020, 24E 64th Street, New York
Suspended exhibition (new date TBA) :Ecological City
Featuring Air Quality Wearable photo and videos and the animation Insects of Surinam in Vitro
December 6, 2019 to January 6, 2020
Damei Art Museum, Beijing Damei Center
featuring interactive wearables with photos and videos
October 17 - November 26
Lemmerman Gallery at NJCU
curator Midori Yoshimoto
Dominique Paul thanks the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts for their financial support, RU and IDEASxLAB and Patrice Coulombe.
Recent events and exhibitions :
Insects of Suriname 33 featured in L'œil de la photographie see links
March 21st until April 27th
20th Anniversary Exhibition Part I (Photography)
Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery
547W, 27th Street, 2nd floor
Video presented Migrations of the Arthropods :
October 18th-21st 2018 Garment District Festival curated by
ZAZ 10TS 24:7 www.ZAZ10TS.com
24:7” is a two week video art takeover by an alliance of international artists on the billboard at the corner of 41st St and Broadway, produced by Tzili Charney and ZAZ 10TS
10 Times Square Dec 4-18, 2017 and
Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem, Feb-May 2018 , an international cultural institution and conference center where activities are based on a deep commitment to dialogue, tolerance and pluralism
Photography on a Postcard at Photo London, May 16-20
Paris Photo Fair, Grand Palais,
Nov 9-12 2017
Insects of Suriname series
Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery
I Travelled the World and the Seven Seas Curated by HELD
October 13th - November 19th 2017
Insects of Suriname in Vitro (animation)
Royal Athenaeum of Antwerp, Belgium
Creative Climate Awards Exhibition
October 16th (opening party)- November 16th 2017 and online auction
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO)
1 East, 42nd Street, New York
Air Quality Wearable photos and video
Lumen8 Curated by Monica Valenzuela & Raul Barquet
June 15 – Sept. 10 2017
ArtSpace @ Staten Island Arts, NY
The Air Quality Dress in the South Bronx. Popular Science Blog by Owen Agnew, Nexus Media News :
June 12th Air Quality Dress Walk downtown Louisville (see also Link section for full coverage):
Project is part of a 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.
Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery
April 20th-May 27th 2017, 547W 27th Street, New York
May 11th 7 pm Gallery talk with Curator Ayelet Danielle Aldouby
Photograph Insects of Suriname 20 on the cover page:
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 4-7 and PDF Americas' Folly (scrolling down this page).
The notion of body transformation informs Paul’s fantastical 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 expresses a sense of urgency in the playing fields of our human-centric society that plunders 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 we alter the genetic code of living organisms, and a strange new hierarchy among sentient beings emerges