Polly Bagnall (Fabelist)
Spring's Silver Morning
Acrylic on Canvas
Tongue Touched Blossoms
Acrylic on Paper
42 x 60cm
Field Recording, Cleaver Square, 2.57 GMT 14.03.2012
Mixed media on canvas
210 x 37cm
Photographic record of painting process
“The gesture is essentially always a gesture of not being able to figure something out in language.” (Giorgio Agamben, ‘Notes on Gesture’).
My recent work focuses on gesture.
I use my body in a ‘performative’, gestural way to inform or make the marks. The movement of the body is evident in the painting.
I modify or make a range of customised mark making tools which I attach to my body . This limiting of my ‘skill’ as a painter paradoxically allows for something else to arise on the canvas, which in turn generates a unique visual language.
My intention is to create paintings that evoke the essence of an experience.
Some paintings evolve out of a process of re-enactment and transcription of the original experience. Others, like the Field Recordings or those done with the collaboration of a musician respond to the here and now and record a series of fleeting moments.
Polly lives and works in London.
1981- 1982 Art Foundation: West Surrey College of Art & Design
1982- 1984 BA (Hons) Art & Design Course: Bretton Hall
1986- 1987 Post-graduate Diploma in Art Therapy: Goldsmith’s College
1994- 1996 Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling: UEL
2010- 2012 MA Fine Art City & Guilds of London Art School
Association of Illustrators. (BACP) Snr Accredited Counsellor.UKRCP membership.
Tower Bridge Open ‘Power in Motion’ 2012
Serpentine Gallery Centre for Possible Studies 2011
Rivington Place- Fabelist Live Art Event 2011
Dulwich Picture Gallery Open 2011
Dulwich Festival Open House 2005 – 2011
Live Art Projection Digital Arts: King’s Cross
Sentient Dogs Performance 2010
Brixton Artists Collective ‘ 1984 – 1986
Casa de la Cultura, Coin, Spain 1996
Pump House Gallery, Battersea 1994
Current: Private commissions
Past Public Work:
Paintings in Hospitals
Hammersmith and Fulham Council
Leeds City Council
Various work for editorial and TV.
National Trust Exhibition: Taming the Tentacles 2012
Polly Bagnall is a fine artist whose practice spans performance, painting, printmaking and dance.
During the 1980’s she was involved in socio-political art projects and was part of the Brixton Artist’s Collective.
Her training as an Art Therapist led her to develop creative arts projects in non-art settings. She set up community based services for mental health service users; and for young people, both of which flourish today.
Since 2000 her work focused on painting and she is a self-supporting artist undertaking private commissions and exhibiting work.
In 2010 she commenced an MA in Fine Art that led to gallery based art projects- developing larger scale abstracted paintings, installations and happenings.