Who are you and what do you do?
I'm Polly Shindler, a painter in Brooklyn. I received my MFA from Pratt Institute 2 years ago. My work is a composite of primitive themes and modern material.
Who/what inspires you?
First and foremost, color. Then texture. Then patterns. I'm inspired by clothing and jewelry, not the fashion aspect, but the combination of materials. I am inspired by folk and primitive art but also by design and graphics. The melding of two quite opposite aesthetics always gets me moving.
What themes do you pursue?
I try to make work that is at once abstract and figurative. I like to not know myself what a piece is supposed to be. I want to be surprised by the hidden shapes and objects that emerge when I am working on a painting. My work used to be exclusively abstract but once a smile comes out of a circle, it's staying.
Art isn't just one thing; it can be as much as you want it to be and I like that flexibility. For me, art is funny and it makes me laugh. I need that in my life. Art can definitely be a serious thing, but making art is just one way for me to have fun with my surroundings and change what I see. If you don't like the paintings around you, make one you can live with. That's what I do.
Name some artists you would like to be compared to.
I look to some artists for inspiration for sure. Being compared to another artist is just another reason to change what you are doing.