(b. 1977, New Haven, CT) received her B.A. in History from The University of Massachusetts in 2001, her M.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute in 2011 and attended the Vermont Studio Center in 2013. She has shown recently at Momenta Art in New Work City, Second Family at 2 Rivington, Paper Jam at the Neuberger Museum and Family Ties: Brooklyn/Dallas at 500X in Dallas, TX. She is resident curator at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn. Recent curatorial projects include Oracle, Star Gazer/Ancient Light, The Wanderers, Treasure Trove, One and Done and Future Folk Pt. 1 & 2 in Brookyn, NY. Polly was named one of “30 Artists to Watch in 2012” by NY Arts Magazine. She works out of her studio in Bushwick, has 2 cats and a dog.
"I have been in the process of organizing my thoughts and methods. My current projects are a catalog of mark-making, grids of materials and movements in an attempt to control my space and categorize my time with gestures. Each pattern, list, box in a grid or patch in a quilt denotes a time, a small but significant area in which to record that moment. Diminutive lines converge to create a matrix of moments, signifying a passing of time, a journal of my marks. The mind works so quickly; this process has become my way of collecting thoughts in one place so I can reflect later. Each stroke is a time stamp and a reminder to create the space for big ideas. As they exist today, each painting and drawing is a conglomerate of line, variation and color, the assemblage of concepts."
Make It Make Sense | group exhibitionAmelia Lockwood, Brent Estabrook, Polly Shindler, Terry Hoff, Wyatt Mills, Jahlil Nzinga, Matt Ross, Kate Bieschke, Nevena Binney, Thomas Muller, Celest Voce, Travis Whiteneck 27 Aug - 26 Sep 2020JWG presents Make It Make Sense, a virtual exhibition examining the works of 13 artists through the lens of their individual clashes with 2020. An interview with each artist about their life during the COVID-19 pandemic revealed distinctive ways of coping, thinking, and surviving; each work was selected to echo...