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Polly Tomlinson

Underpinning Polly’s sculpture and installations are a fundamental search for something through action, grappling with materials and manipulating until a kind of truth or realisation is released during the process, allowing the intrinsic properties of the material to arise. The work avoids obvious connotations and is non-representational, it is, ‘about sculpture’. Polly enters into a mental dialogue with the material as to what is required and the process allows her to move beyond metaphor and into something more directly experienced. She is in a place of ‘flow’ is and completely absorbed in the making of the work.

Influenced by the human body and how it leaves a memory of its action on the material, the work is physical and confrontational. Polly both isolates and absorbs herself in the making process to allow the materials to dictate their form. She is keen to find out about the materials and what they need on one hand, whilst controlling them on the other; this balance is central and sought.

Polly is concerned with the expansion of taste. Taste in terms of what can be accepted in the making process, and what cannot. Within these concerns is an awareness of the potential space for creativity, the heightened idea of potentiality through the process of making. When is the mark or the action encouraged, nurtured and honed, and when is it eradicated or altered? Such a potential space is paramount in the work and occupies a place where language and communication occur.

Polly graduated from John Moores University in 2011 where she achieved a first class honours degree in Fine Art (Painting). In 2014 she undertook an MFA in Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University which was successfully completed in October 2016.

As well as an artist, Polly is a practising homeopath and has treated numerous people with homeopathy over the last seventeen years. She is totally committed to finding optimum health within the human body through alternative medicine and nutrition.

 

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