About and Contact


My artwork explores themes of psychology, social commentary and humorous disruptions of original and found imagery. Influenced by Surrealism, Feminism, and The Pictures Generation my work is satirical, irreverent, and playful.  

My primary medium is photography. I often use models that I pose and direct into tableaus for the camera. My digital photomontages (starting in 2004) are created using my own photos, combined with media imagery, bookplates, and elements of vintage magazines into graphic compositions often featuring a central figure. The work is grouped into conceptual series that are created over a one to three year period. I print my own gicleé pigment prints. In the past I have explored film photography, clay sculpture, painting, installation and paper collage.  

Email: info@paulagillen.net 

Cell: 917-693-4534  

"Paula is part of the Pictures Generation of artists, whose approach to art was shaped by the appropriation of media and advertising imagery. In her art practice, she mimics the techniques and content of media imagery but subverts the message by restaging the elements so her works have new social and political interpretations. Her influences are linked to a few different post-modern trajectories of art history, such as concept art, identity art, and feminist art." - Curator Stephanie Browne