The Power of Art #87 Nicole Polonsky ‘My Mother's Knitting Mistakes - - PR back, wrong stitches’
Nicole Polonsky prospects for latent meanings in apparently unremarkable objects and texts, and rearticulates them in surprising and thought-provoking ways. She works across print, drawing, installation, performance and film, and writes for publication. In collaboration with other creatives, Polonsky produces and curates events and exhibitions, notably scissorspaperstone artist’s book fair with University of the West of England, and A Pollock’s Gallimaufry at Pollock’s Toy Museum. Ghost [ed.], a suite of eight lithographs by eight artists devised by her with Sue Baker Kenton, was acquired by the V&A. Nicole’s work is held in public collections internationally and is included in Michael Petry’s survey of artists who use type, The Word is Art, published by Thames & Hudson.
My Mother's Knitting Mistakes - PR back, wrong stitches, belong to a collection of screen prints of errors identified in a garment knitted for the artist by her mother and fellow artist, Beata H Polonsky. The prints depict enlarged images of dropped stitches and incorrect tension and are informed by a reading of the garment as a metaphor for human frailty and resilience. In these and other works Polonsky reflects on interstitial and marginalised subjects as well as our limitations.
Image: My Mother's Knitting Mistakes - PR back, wrong stitches (cyan/yellow), 2022, constructed screen print, H760 mm x W560 mm x D5 mm
Courtesy and ©Nicole Polonsky, Matthew Booth, (photography) and Renée Pfister Art & Gallery Consultancy.