Nicole Polonsky’s creative process is driven by ideas. Her conceptualising is often underpinned by an enduring interest in print as subject: the binary traditions of fine art printmaking and mass print production; intersections and tensions between the two; the cultural and monetary values assigned to them. Even when not using print per se, much of her output is expressed using tropes associated with it: indirect markmaking, the series, the non-unique object. Nicole's cross-disciplinary practice encompasses: limited-edition prints, bookworks and multiples; drawings and constructed artefacts; installations and performance; devising, co-ordinating and producing projects.
Nicole is drawn to matter that has been overlooked, erased, marginalised or considered banal. Language–especially found texts–has a particular allure. Nicole’s work emerges from research, reflection and experimentation. Once arrived at, her rationales determine the method(s) and media used to achieve her pieces, the forms they take, and how and where they are shown. Through her interventions, Nicole’s subjects are reanimated by being recast in new contexts and / or materials. The artist strives to achieve artefacts that are succinct and free from gratuitous markmaking. In spite of their visual restraint, very human emotions and experiences–humour, regret, melancholy, nostalgia, loss and grief–are confronted explicitly, or by allusion or metaphor.
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 her career. Her 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. Nicole lives and works in London.