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Born in Montreal. Lives and works in Montreal and New York. She is represented by Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York.
Since 2002, she has presented more than 20 solo exhibitions in North America and Europe, including Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York ; Museum of Contemporary Art of the Laurentides, Canada ; AIR Gallery, New York ; La Halle, Contemporary Art Exhibition Center, France and Centro Petralata, Rome.
Whatever the medium, Dominique Paul’s artistic process involves a relational expression that includes the body, and various ways we interpret its meaning. Art becomes a vehicle for expressing the interface between new technologies, the atomization of the human identity, and the ambiguities of meaning that have arisen out of this. New interpretations of content, of surface effect, and of the viewer/voyeur’s role in all this come to mind. Her aesthetics is social and speaks of anomie, of the coding of interpretation of visuality in an era of images in flux, flowing imagery that is as brief as it is omnipresent.

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.

 

Dominique Paul