As sources for her creative practice, Nicole Polonsky seeks out marginal and overlooked forms, objects, texts, symbols and media. Her carefully calibrated interventions re-present these in new contexts and / or materials. Striving for a minimal, appropriate, response to her chosen subject, Nicole arrives at finished pieces that may be pared down and intentionally lacking in expressive gesture. For the artist, the formal simplicity of these works belies the nuanced, sometimes complex, conceptual frameworks that underpin them. Nicole’s work is increasingly metaphorical and allusive; lacunae, absence and loss are enduring motifs and preoccupations. Once a primary focus, printmaking is now one of many skills and processes the artist exploits in a cross-disciplinary practice which encompasses: limited-edition prints, bookworks and multiples; drawings and other unique artifacts; installations and performance; devising, co-ordinating and producing projects. Nicole undertakes solo and collaborative initiatives and commissions.
Nicole gained her BA at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and an MA Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited extensively throughout the UK, and in galleries in Switzerland and the USA. Nicole’s artworks are held in private collections internationally and in public collections at MACBA (Catalonia/Spain); MoMA and Lafayette College (USA); University of Oxford, Ruskin School of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, Manchester Metropolitan University, Essex County Council, Chelsea College of Arts Library and the Poetry Library (UK).
The artist’s work has been featured in a wide range of publications including Creative Review, Art Monthly, Printmaking Today, Independent, Guardian Weekend, Telegraph Magazine, Time Out, Elle, Elle Decoration, Esquire, Sunday Express, Garageland and Attitude.