Polly Yates is a recent transplant to Chicago, coming from London, where she recently received her Fine Art MA at Central Saint Martins. She was the spring Artist in Residence at Spudnik Press in Chicago. Polly’s recent work explores themes of desire, abundance and fecundity. In the complexity of the processes inherent to her practice of fragmentation and collage, she references the Baroque, excessive ornamentation and the folding in of the outside.
During her residency at Spudnik Press, Yates has been completing a series of large, screen print collages, plus an accompanying series of smaller works. Yates says, “I work in the exact opposite way to most printmakers; instead of taking one image and making multiples, I take multiples and create one image. For the Spudnik Press residency, I have been working with processes of doing and redoing, doing and undoing—of showing and hiding. Taking photographed or found images I fragment, distort and weave them into one another to the point of abstraction. By limiting myself to certain techniques, colours and imagery, I am trying to gain as much difference with repetition as I can.” Yates’s solo residency exhibition, Trialogues, will open Friday, October 5th, 2012 at The Plaines Project.