Polly Brown On Pushing the Boundaries of a Medium

Polly Brown On Pushing the Boundaries of a Medium

PROJECT: 3 LINES, 2021
WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY: POLLY BROWN

I often use recurring material themes such as wood, water or smoke but I had never incorporated them into prints before. I wanted to stretch beyond the images and start to incorporate sculptural elements into the works themselves. I imagined one work having a wood block above the print, another a puddle of pewter seeping out of it.There were problems to be solved for every piece. For example, I wanted to create a soot cloud on the inside of the glass frame for one of the works. This involved working out exactly how long you could hold a burning rag close enough to make the stain without heating the glass to the extent that it breaks.

I learnt a lot in this process—from valuable lessons of practical nature to how important it is to have the right people by your side.

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Polly Brown
is a London-based, British photographer with a multidisciplinary practice combining print series, film and book works.

PROJECT CREDITS

Recently shown at Timothy Taylor Nyc as part of the group show Reconfigured, curated by Rose Easton.

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