POLLY POLLET, THE ART OF THE PEN

ABOUT

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Through her artwork, Polly Pollet (°1993) evokes a personal view on reality that confronts us with ourselves in relation to the Other. The world is her canvas and the BIC-pen her principal technique. 

 

As a storyteller she explores the human condition by aesthetically dissecting topics such as sexuality and intimacy, individuality and identity, privacy, taboo and connectivity. With the mind of a researcher she critically analyses the societal phenomena that emerge out of our contemporary hyper digitalized era. 

 

Not seldom she arrives at certain paradoxes and ambiguity in apparent evidence. With social media as a parallel virtual universe, she transforms herself into a mediator connecting people through her drawings.

 

Her sketch book is her closest friend along the way. Besides a BIC-pen, Pollet also uses ecoline, oil and acryl paint to give her images more agility and dynamism. The medium more or less chooses her. Sometimes she adds an extra color or let images guide her which results in a mixed media work or collage.

 

As a world citizen, she hereby embraces the infinite possibilities that come her way, subtly expressing social criticism through her art works. The result is an already impressive body of work best described as positively provocative, challenging the audience in a bold and playful way to think about today’s complex and often uncomfortable issues. As a viewer you are often left with yourself.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

 

2023

'POLLY EXPRESS', Indiandribble, Brussels, Belgium

2022 

Featured artist at Affordable Art Fair, Tour & Taxis, Brussels

2019

Polly Pollet, Foorumi, Knokke-Le-Zoute, Belgium

 

Bruxsel Project with THE SKATEROOM x Polly Pollet, Brussels, Belgium

ART RESIDENCIES

 

2019

Artist in residence at the Cultural Centre 'De Steiger', Menen

 

GROUP SHOWS

2022

'Ékstasis' at Shame Gallery, Sablon, Brussels, Belgium

2022

'HANDS UP', Beursschouwburg, Brussels

2021

'F*CK YOU', Kunstenhuis Harelbeke, curated by Klaus Verscheure, Belgium

 

2021

'End of summer', Foorumi, Knokke-Le-Zoute, Belgium

 

2021

'Art United at Fire is Gold festival / Ampere open air', Curated by S.M.A.K, Belgium

 

2021

'Masters versus upcoming talents' , Foorumi, Knokke-Le-Zoute, Belgium

2020

 

2020

French Fries, Brooklyn, USA

2019

New Horizon, Foorumi, Knokke-Le-Zoute, Belgium

 

2019

Desolation Nation - As They Grow Roots, Destelheide, Belgium

 

2019

Erotica, Felippo Ioco Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

 

2019

European Custom Board Collective Show #2, Bordeaux, France

 

2019

GEBROED!, Cultural Centre 'De Steiger', Menen, Belgium

 

2019

'BE...' - Querencia Studio, Brooklyn, USA 

 

2018

'Handen', Het Hofke, Turnhout, Belgium

 

2018

Loes Koster Gallery, Groningen, The Netherlands

 

2018

'Neon Butthole Tattoo Parlor' in collaboration with Porous Walker and team in the studio of Tom Sachs, New York, USA

 

2018

'This is not a ... ', Ghost Gallery, Brooklyn, USA

 

2017

'Room With A View' at FOORUMI #129, Knokke, Belgium

 

2017

MAGMA, Berlin, Germany

 

2017

No name, collaboration with Porous Walker, One Grant Gallery, Portland, USA

 

2017

Life Drawing at the European Commision, Brussels, Belgium

 

2016

'Sorry, not sorry' Street art festival, Ghent, Belgium

 

2016

Campo Victoria, Ghent, Belgium

FEATURED ON

Fifty years ago, the first Belgian Women's Day was born. In honour of that festive edition, on 11 November, Knack Weekend selected 50 young Belgian women who, each in their field, are doing important work. Today: 12 female artists, fashion designers, photographers, designers and chefs to follow. 

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(...) Polly Pollet is 25 and shares many of Klein's traits as a young artist. Not only an unbridled imagination, but also the blue. Using blue ink to paint her sounds, the BIC biros is her first instrument. For her, the first drawn middle finger literally marked the start of an unlikely adventure towards the United States. (...)