Isabelle Pauwels, Kayfables [Still], 2020. Photo: Isabelle Pauwels


Isabelle Pauwels

Special project

Autorésidences is a remote residency program created by the AXENÉO7 artist-run centre in the exceptional context of the COVID-19 pandemic to continue to support research and development of current art practices.

Excerpts of the work are featured on our Instagram platform as part of Partners in Art’s TBD Takeover | extended program.

Referring to the professional wrestling term "kayfabe", Kayfables explores the real and imaginary relationship between the artist and her twin sister. The narrative draws on recent wrestling storylines and the sisters' shared life experience over the past year. The work is conceived as domestic vaudeville: it is dollar store glory, it is “Wrestlemania" in a shoebox.

Isabelle Pauwels is currently based in Montreal. She received a BFA from Emily Car Institute of Art and Design (Vancouver) in 2001 and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. In 2009 she was the inaugural winner of the Brink Award, granted to an early-career artist working in Washington (Oregon) or British Columbia. In 2013 she was a finalist for the Sobey Award. Recently Isabelle has exhibited at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (Montreal) and at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York).