Description of Work
Polina works from old family photographs, and makes watercolor and gouache paintings on paper. The work deals with the passing of time, memory, family, and our mortality.
Polina was born in Cherkassy, Ukraine in 1984, when it was still part of the Soviet Union. When she was four years old, her family immigrated to the United States as political refugees. The trip took about nine months, as they moved through Slovakia, Austria, Italy and then onto America. She grew up in Brighton Beach, a predominantly Russian neighborhood in Brooklyn, spending most of her days at her grandparents' house. Her reality was defined by an Old World Soviet mentality and New World American values and freedoms.
This culture clash made her very aware of how people act when immersed in an unfamiliar society; the majority of her neighborhood's residents underwent a displacement similar to her own. Her work focuses on family; the individual in relationship with others becomes the conceptual framework, containing the multitude of experiences and psychologies of that character.