Artist Profile

Cat
Poljski

Born 1967, Melbourne, Victoria.
Poljski Cat, First Division 1B2021 61x51

Artist Profile

Cat
Poljski

Born 1967, Melbourne, Victoria.

Cat Poljski’s work is based on visual-spatial thinking.

‘I trace space using architectural forms. I recreate the model for a city, after dismantling what I have already seen in cities like Melbourne, NYC, Beijing, Berlin…I then begin to re-invent it based on the images that I traced whilst on location.’

Cat Poljski uses a range of printmaking processes to create imagined cities based on the cities that she visits. ‘Tracking across the surface, reading building after building, from right to left and bottom to top, and also layered back into fading distances, the eye doesn’t halt.’ (Christopher Heathcote; art critic and historian.)

Cat’s works explore the constructed world in an attempt to move between the real and the imagined. The individual works are spatial experiments, reconstructed, referenced and cross-referenced to provide abstracted viewpoints that question notions of space and time.

Images of buildings from Brooklyn, Manhattan, London, Hong Kong and Melbourne are collated and printed together, overlaying each other to construct a dialogue between the constructed and imagined world. They are an attempt to locate sites where buildings can speak about the past, the present and maybe our future. How we morph together images from our lives to invent and designate layers of memory and fact, upon which the imagined and real are combined to create a more appealing reality.

Cat Poljski lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. She completed a Diploma of Fine Arts (Printmaking) at Phillip Institute in Melbourne, a Diploma of Education at Melbourne University and a Master of Fine Arts at Monash University, Melbourne. She has exhibited regularly in Group and Solo Exhibitions.

In 2013/14 and in 2011 she completed a studio residency at Point B Studios in Brooklyn, New York and in 2008 a Red Gate Studio residency in Beijing, China. She has lived and worked in New York City, Italy and Munich.

Her work is held in various private and public collections. She is currently teaching and working as the Head of Faculty at Melbourne Grammar School and works in her studio at the Lygon Street Studios, Melbourne.

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