With the New Year forced upon us and the ushered in potential of proclaiming New Year resolutions we’re unlikely to keep, its time to look back on the previous year but this time with the help of Polly Brown and her welcome view on a topic we can all relate, making mistakes. Admitting, announcing, recording and perhaps even avoiding, Polly Brown’s ON REFLECTION is an emotive visual project which humanises the making of mistakes, defined by Polly herself as an “exercise in exorcising”.
Created as an instalment for her ongoing monthly photography column with AnOther Magazine, Polly entertains her instantly recognisable and genuine aesthetic, immersing a sense of personal within the inanimate and inviting a certain realness to the photographic offerings. This specific series features car sun reflectors as the dominant focus to playfully evoke her conceptual approach through the abstract references relating title and context.
The medium of the project unearths a tactile tendency, prompting the viewer to print and plaster their mistakes to truly face them once and for all. Accompanying each image is a caption providing a lyrical comment on personal error, enhancing the reassuring message that we all partake in making mistakes once more.
In more recent news, Polly’s latest instalment encompasses a photographic series surrounding procrastination. Entitled WORKING(hard), the series perfectly visualises the irresistible seduction of scrolling through social media when a task of higher importance awaits.
Polly Brown graduated from Central Saint Martins, exhibits regularly both in London and internationally and has collaborated with an impressive range of institutions including Frieze Art Fair, Alexander McQueen, The Gourmand and Givenchy.
If the mistakes decorating your walls aren’t as attractive as Polly’s, you can always purchase the printed posters of ON REFLECTION online here. Make sure to keep up to date with Polly in 2017 by following her Instagram here.