‘Positively provocative’ – two words that sum up the power of ink, the blue liquid I fell in love with when I first started doodling at school, searching for shades and intensities that change with every bend a line takes on paper. A simple scratch on a sheet is, if you look carefully, an elucidation of unspoken words.
Every series I work on shows a point of view on subjects that are important to me. ‘Project Fukit’ is a visual representation of a battle against severe depression. It touched me that without saying a word about the topic and inspiration of my drawings, people from every corner of the world started writing to me about their own situation and struggles. They wanted to say ‘fuck you’ to the world and make a change in their lives.
It’s not about the mighty finger. It’s about a different connotation of love.
To me, middle fingers are not a sign of hate but a message of love in a contradictory way. When I draw a hand, I ask my model to give me the address of someone they care about. We live in a society where personal messages get lost on social media. We don’t take time anymore to sit down and give a special thanks to the people we love. A letter in your actual mailbox, not inbox, lightens up your day. That’s why my drawings are not sent to the model but to a special person in their life. Mostly, the letters are sent anonymously with only one reference. The drawing they receive is a hand of someone they know very well.
The series ‘Guilty Pleasures’ tells a story about gender equality and the way we see nudity in society nowadays. (You can find an article about this topic on: http://1215today.com/art/polly-pollet-female-body/
The core of my creation.
My sketchbooks are essential to me. Every page shows an event in the world that has touched me and deals with different topics in philosophy. In December 2016, once again the news was filled with horrifying pictures from Syria showing children crying, hospitals being bombed with chemical weapons and other atrocities committed in the ongoing. Haven’t we learned anything from our past?
On the left side, you see Aleppo written in Arab. The right page is based on Google Maps. The 360° view in one of the souks of this city caught my attention for several reasons. It dates from 2012 and you see children running and playing around and men auctioning and bargaining with their customers. In this vivid scene, I saw this older man, staring at something in front of him whilst walking through the souk. He held a prayer cord in his hand, and his expression looked both so sad and thoughtful that it seemed as if he felt terrible things were about to happen. This souk probably doesn’t exist anymore, this man might have lost his family, his neighbors or even his life. What we see through the news is just a moment, but the damage is immense.
Currently I am working on a collaboration with a concept store called Urban Therapy. we have created a concept that affects every sense/stimulates all senses. My drawings are based on different places in the world and the cultural characteristics and landscapes. We invite people to feel, touch, taste, hear and even smell different places without taking an actual plane. Based on my drawings they’re going to produce a clothing line. http://urbantherapy.be
A good metaphor for my childhood is our dinner table at home, as a representation for all the languages and cultures we’ve had the privilege to get to know and engage with. In total, I have eleven brothers and sisters from all over the world who stayed in our house until I was eighteen. My parents have always given us the opportunity to discover the world. At age fourteen, I had the chance to go to Argentina on my own. When I was fifteen, I discovered Mexico, and two years later I lived in Medellin for a year. This has opened up many new horizons for my teenage self, and it made me critical and aware of the conditions of the world.
When I draw, it’s mostly disconnected from the outside world. Silence or calm music in the background, full focus on my desk. It’s hard for me to draw when there are other things going on or if I still need to finish something else, I really need my full concentration. I don’t like to leave a drawing unfinished.
If you could choose to be any animal, which one would you like to be?
Guacamayas are a symbol to me. They represent a colorful path to freedom, trust and love. They choose a mate for life at a young age, and that’s something that reminds me a lot of my parents. They have been married for more than thirty years and they still look at each other with that little twinkle in their eyes.