“the gesture is essentially always a gesture of not being able to figure something out in language.” (Giorgio Agamben ‘Notes on Gesture’)
Polly’s recent work focuses on gesture - the trace of a gesture made through the movement of the body. Using a range of customised mark making tools Polly generates a visual language that is often sensual, playful or striking.
There is an element of performance in her paintings. She plays with her ambivalence between the need to communicate and the need to be seen: a transition from painting a subject to becoming the subject. This is manifest further through performing in front of the camera.
|All images © Polly Bagnall 2011|