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Paulette Phillips

Diaz Contemporary

ENTREZ LENTEMENT. That warning is accompanied, in Paulette Phillips’s prints Knock Knock One, Two, and Three (all works 2008), by images of overlapping photographs depicting a building’s interior. Blurred details and small holes in each of these suggest that they are snapshots—perhaps once pinned to a studio wall—that have been scanned and enlarged against colored paper. Typical of the artist’s pictures, the work combines enticing visual features—in this instance, a shiny surface and collage aesthetic—with an ambiguous narrative.

An association between domestic architecture and the uncanny is suggested in the video Shell. The title may refer to the condition—or the beachfront setting—of the work’s subject, a modernist villa on the Côte d’Azur designed by Eileen Gray in 1929. An initial note of comfort is struck by an image of the home as seen from a distance, accompanied by the sight and

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