REDMILK MEETS ENGLISH ARTIST AND PHOTOGRAPHER POLLY BROWN. KNOWN FOR HER PROJECT “PLANTS”, A COLLECTION OF PORTRAITS OF POTTED PLANTS FOUND IN THE OFFICE OF SOME OF THE MOST ICONIC COMPANIES; OR HER POETIC META-COLLAGES FEATURING HER PHOTOS AND GOOGLE IMAGE’S SIMILAR RESULTS; HER WORKS WERE ALSO FEATURED IN VARIOUS CAMPAIGNS AND COMMISSION PROJECTS FOR INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS SUCH AS FRIEZE, GIVENCHY, MIU MIU, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN AND MANY OTHERS. DISCOVER MORE ABOUT HER AND HER EMOTIONAL AND INTIMATE ART!
Tell us something about your background and how did you get into photography.
After a childhood obsessed with images and picture books I graduated high school into a Fine Art at Central St Martins in London.
This was a time to expand on the types of language I could create using photographs, hidden meanings and the poetics of pictures.
Three adjectives to describe yourself.
Hungry, thirsty and sleepy.
How important is intimacy in your work?
A lot of my works has an intimate tone. There is an revelatory element to the work almost like sharing something with a confident: I like to not only explore levels on intimacy as a subject matter but also create a sense of intimacy between the viewer and myself. We share something, a little joke or a secret perhaps.
What drew you to explore the world of Google Image?
I use Google image search often in my work. I tend to type in words and just free fall into a world of scrolling and re searching.
A lot of the time I like to ask it questions and slowly I realised it was become a strange tool and poetic collaborator within the work. I wanted to make a piece that explored that symbiotic relationship.
Which was the most inspiring commission you worked on?
I very much enjoyed shooting a recent portrait of my mother for a magazine called Period zine. I rarely take portraits and I was interested in how I would depict my on mum.
How would you describe your own aesthetic?
Close up, gestural and at times conspiratorial.
What’s beauty for you?
Have you got any tricks to avoid a lack of inspiration?
Google image search!
What’s the image (a painting, a photo, a movie frame, etc…) that had the biggest impact on yourself and your work?
Yves Klein – Leap Into The Void.
Tell us something more about your interests:
– book: Journey To The Centre Of The Earth – Jules Verne
– record: You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen
– movie: Jumanji.
What’s coming up next? Any upcoming projects you’re excited about?
I’m about to launch a book at the LAABF about the Google image project!
Photo courtesy of the artist