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.
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.
"Her compartmentalization of expressive figures is a language she intentionally re-arranges in
order to explore the possibilities of syntactical harmonies, counterpoised in both hue and gesture."
– The Brooklyn Rail
My work explores the storage and transmission of memory, myth and experience. I’m interested in
mapping our very human engagement with the intersections of real and imagined experience
using performance, video, sculpture and installation.
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.
I work with up-cycled materials, giving it a second life and creating more environmental value.
These materials help me add texture to my work and give me the opportunity to create distorted
grids, both key elements to my aesthetic.