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. I create my imagery using a camera and models that I pose and direct. My recent digital photomontages are created using my own photos, bookplates, vintage magazines and public domain imagery. The work is grouped into conceptual series that are created over a one to three year period. I print my own gicleé pigment prints and also work with paper collage. In the past I have explored film photography, clay sculpture, painting, and installation.
"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