I have lived in the neighborhood fo over 20 years working as a photojournalist and Internet
entrepreneur, documenting the change in South Brooklyn. These images are from my exhibit, "25
Years of Gowanus: As it WAS, As it IS"
Polak makes site and community responsive art that reframes immigrant-citizen relations, amplifying efforts to end immigrant detention and racial profiling, and creating strategies for resisting hostile authorities.
Working primarily in encaustic I follow several interests in subject matter, often images of nature,
abstracted or obscured:most often decaying botanicals. Lately I am drawn to simple shapes with
little to distract from the wax surface.
I make sculptures and document the process of my object making, which involves industrial
machinery and welding; this practice is in resistance to our being defined and
harvested as dividual consumers of mass-produced symbols.
My collage/paintings and assemblage art pieces are a mix of traditional and unconventional found
materials, which express my statements about the ephemerality of everyday life, material culture,
and the roles of women.