POLLY PENROSE: THE BEAUTY OF THE FEMALE FORM THROUGH CAREFULLY PLANNED SELF PORTRAITS

She explores identity and the opposed notions of vulnerability and empowerment, comedy and tragedy. Her pictures focus less on sexuality and female allure, but retain the awkward, often beguiling force of the body as an object, pushed into a space, forced into a position whilst feigning a sense of normality and control.

By Balthazar Malevolent

POLLY PENROSE: THE BEAUTY OF THE FEMALE FORM THROUGH CAREFULLY PLANNED SELF PORTRAITS

Penrose has been taking self-portraits on a ten-second timer for over a decade.

They are unpremeditated and spontaneous and record her responding to her environment. She explores identity and the opposed notions of vulnerability and empowerment, comedy and tragedy. Her pictures focus less on sexuality and female allure, but retain the awkward, often beguiling force of the body as an object, pushed into a space, forced into a position whilst feigning a sense of normality and control.

Polly Penrose studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts in London. She went on to work in Fashion Styling and after that worked for the photographer Tim Walker. She has always taken photographs, but started to take the practice seriously when she entered and won a competition held by the London Photographic Association in 2008.

She held her first solo show, ‘A Body of Work’, at the Downstairs at Mother Gallery, London, in May 2014. She held her second solo show at the Hoxton Gallery in London in May 2016 and also exhibited in group shows ‘Self Reflection’ at The Untitled Space, New York and ‘All Inclusive’ at the HVW8 Gallery, Berlin. In 2018 she showed work in ‘Spring Break Art show in New York.

Polly Penrose

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