My artistic investigation focusses on the body, my female body of mature age, and the body in general, its resonance in dimensionality and its spaciotemporality, both literally and philosophically speaking. I also examine notions of trace, cycle and transformation. My practice often takes shape through performance in combination with other mediums such as fibres, drawing, video and more recently, ceramics. My strategies highlight the value of process, structure and materiality and regularly develop in site-specific contexts. My recent work is informed by a previous in-depth exploration of the grid where I sought ways to claim, challenge and disrupt this device which, among other charged connotations, can undergird classical ideas of reason and order. I wish to induce poetic experiences that invite viewers to reflect consciously and unconsciously on their own relationship to space and time, and potentially expand their perception and awareness, while encountering a new and unexpected, even if momentarily, recomposed site or action.
Paule Gilbert holds a BFA with Great Distinction in Studio Arts from Concordia University. She is the recipient of academic awards such as the Betty Goodwin Prize in Studio Arts in 2018, and the Cecil Buller-John J.A. Murphy Scholarship in Drawing in 2017. In 2019, her work was selected for the Ignition 15 exhibition at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery and for the group show Trace Matérielle at the FOFA Gallery.
Photo: "Untitled", Documentation of performance, MFA Gallery, 2019