Polly Shindler (b.1977, New Haven, CT) received her B.A. in History from The University of Massachusetts and her M.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute. Recent shows include “Aggro Crag” at BOSI Contemporary, “MsBehavior” at Artbridge’s Drawing Room, and “Black Foliage” at Nudashank in Baltimore. Curatorial projects include “One and Done” and “Future Folk Pt. 1 & 2” in Brookyn, NY. Polly was named one of “30 Artists to Watch in 2012” by NY Arts Magazine and will be attending Vermont Studio Center in November 2013.
My work is a composite of primitive forms, contemporary color and hand-drawn scrawl. It consists of animal and tribal-themed paintings and invented landscapes. I am creating new symbols, melding modern materials and imagined cultural markings. There is something archaic and supernatural that informs these paintings. Images such as ancient landscapes (early America), natural land formations (Devil's Tower, Wyoming), beasts and jewelry are used as influences. The paintings are done in layers of acrylic, composite gold and silver leaf then scratched into to evoke an innocent hand. However, color is used to communicate a modern sensibility and a nod to pop art.