About the Artist
Polina Novozhenets is a self-taught artist whose projects primarily feature sculptural painting on laser-cut wood surfaces and traditional stretched canvases. They range from vivid three-dimensional images of knotted ribbons to flattened, minimalist silhouettes as well as elongated, curving planes. Polina was born in Belarus and spent most of her life in New York State after immigrating to the US as a child. She moved to Austin in 2011 and has been painting professionally since 2014.
I create sculptural paintings featuring forms made by connecting two curving lines with straight ones. Though the styles and substrates range from technicolor to monochrome, laser-cut wood to traditional canvas, each painting in each series shares a basic geometry, a foundational DNA that relates each piece to another, while allowing its own distinct identity to come through. When the two lines intersect, they form ribbons in different states of knottedness. Their combination of tension and movement brings to mind the ways we might describe certain feelings and relationships - a knot in your stomach, a romantic entanglement, an unravelling, a loosening, a liberation. When the two lines run parallel, they take on a more placid shape. These pieces evoke simpler ideas and dualities: front and back, rising and falling, beginning and end, foreground and background.On canvas, the paintings offer dynamic variations in scale, color, and saturation, and the wood cutouts enhance the sculptural effect, with weight, dimension, and materiality that the canvas pieces can only suggest. And the monochrome pieces move in the opposite direction, forming a kind of footprint of something that was once there but now comprises the work itself.