b. 1955, Abington, PA, USA
Polly Apfelbaum has exhibited internationally since her first solo show in New York City in 1986. Her oeuvre is distinguished by a hybridized aesthetic that encompasses traditions of sculpture, painting, craft and installation. Colour is the key element in her work, both visually and structurally.
Apfelbaum deploys a wide variety of media in order to explore the boundaries between art and handicraft. She chooses materials that are usually found in the domestic realm rather than that of the museum. In this way, she assumes a political and feminist position, challenging pomposity and suggesting an egalitarianism in society across the board. Her work is situational, engaged in a dialogue with architecture and site. She adds materials, shapes and words to the traditional materials of abstraction.
Installation view of 'Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers)' at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2018