Yates is a recent transplant to Chicago, coming from London, where she recently received her Fine Art MA at Central Saint Martins. She studied at Wimbeldon School of Art in Surrey, where she obtained her Fine Art Sculpture BA. You can find more information, as well as more of her work, at www.pollyyates.com.
Mar 2012–May 2012
While exploring themes of desire, abundance and fecundity, Yates worked with a series of collages. Due to the processes inherent in her practice of fragmentation and collage, the images will be distorted or hidden, lending to a more abstract effect. Fragmenting an image enables her to distort it while maintaining it`s integrity. It also allows her to weave images into one another, giving the appearance of one image melting into the other, so that the boundaries of each is blurred, in flux. In the complexity of the process, she references the Baroque, with excessive ornamentation and the folding in of the outside.
During her residency at Spudnik Press, Yates completed a series of large, screen print collages for the wall, plus an accompanying series of smaller works. Yates says, “I work in the exact opposite way to most print makers; instead of taking one image and making multiples, I take multiples and create one image.” Due to the nature and complexity of her process, she produced one-off pieces, rather than editions. Exhibition of her work created during the residency is forthcoming.