Isabelle Pauwels

It's like another planet put together in a very simple, easy to understand language.

Videos, texts, info about art works by Isabelle Pauwels.

Sometimes I produce image-based works for paper. This includes artist books (which I used to do way back when before video took over) and photo-based works. For artist books, see the WRITING page. For photo-based works, see below.


In it for the lifestyle (2013)

In it for the lifestyle. Series of 11 posters, derived from the video, LIKE.../AND, LIKE/ YOU KNOW/ TOTALLY/ RIGHT. The posters combine cut-outs from video stills with phrases or taglines spoken in the video. They’re meant to be mock movie posters. First exhibited at CSA Space, Vancouver in Summer 2013. They were printed as cheap as possible at a commercial printer and tacked to the walls with pushpins. That’s the only time all 11 posters were shown together at full size (standard US movie poster size, 27 in x 40 in). Smaller groupings of 2-4 posters show up every once in a blue moon at group shows. For the 2013 Sobey Art Award Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the staff printed up a bunch of them at reduced size and put them up on billboards throughout Halifax (see photo in slideshow below). But the very next day, remnants of a typhoon or cyclone blew through town, scattering almost all the posters into the streets. Wandering by the waterfront a couple of hours before the opening of the show, I stepped on shreds of the blue “credible” poster... the only poster I saw in the flesh. Fitting, because I did not win the Sobey Award!


Untitled series, 2009

Series of 8 framed light jet C-prints, often exhibited alongside the videos June 30 and W.E.S.T.E.R.N. Photographs are derived from scans of inside cover of Tintin au Congo comic book and my grandfather’s photo album from the 1950’s.


Title: 105 x 148 ( + 1.5 mm tolerance) Dimensions: 4.375 x 6 inches    

Title: Ten able-bodied adult males scanned from the rear.

Dimensions: 47 x 10 inches


Title: Photography by the Principal Agronomist, Mwenga Territory, circa 1958. Pencil edits by his wife. Scanned and re-arranged by his granddaughter, Vancouver 2009.

Dimensions: 36 x 28 inches


Title: Discard (Congo-America)

Dimensions: 24 x 20 inches

Title: Wallpaper (inside Tintin in the Congo)   Dimensions: 40 x 15 inches

Title: Wallpaper (inside Tintin in the Congo)

Dimensions: 40 x 15 inches


Title: Immunized arm(s)

Dimensions: 48 x 12 in


Title: Taxable subject, 2x

Dimensions: 23 3/8 x 16 5/16 inches


Title: Non-taxable subject, working.

Dimensions: 6 x 8 inches