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Anne Polashenski
updated: 05/24/2012
website: www.annepolashenski.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Osman I With Tree Body Flimflam
Ahmed I As Ballerina Flimflam
Murad III In Bee Nest Skirt Flimflam,
Bayezid II As Dress Mannequin Flimflam
Selim I in Sexy Bodice Flimflam
Murad III in Lacey Dress Mannequin Flimflam
Turkish Delight: Torensel Kemha Obliteration
Turkish Delight: Torensel Kemha Obliteration, detail
Turkish Delight: Ayça Seraser Obliteration
Turkish Delight: Aplike Üçgenleri Obliteration
Turkish Delight: Cicek Obliteration
Turkish Delight: Seraser Obliteration
Turkish Delight: Lâle Kemha Obliteration
 Turkish Delight: Serenk Obliteration
Turkish Delight: Çintamani Obliteration
 
Portfolio Keywords:  collage, fantasy, pattern, psychological, repetition, surreal
 
 
Osman I With Tree Body Flimflam by Anne Polashenski
Osman I With Tree Body Flimflam
rubber stamp ink images, collage, ink and gouache on paper
2011
12 " x  8.5 " 
Ahmed I As Ballerina Flimflam by Anne Polashenski
Ahmed I As Ballerina Flimflam
rubber stamp ink images, collage, ink and gouache on paper
2011
13 " x  8.25 " 
Murad III In Bee Nest Skirt Flimflam, by Anne Polashenski
Murad III In Bee Nest Skirt Flimflam,
rubber stamp ink images, collage, ink and gouache on paper
2011
10 " x  9 " 
Bayezid II As Dress Mannequin Flimflam by Anne Polashenski
Bayezid II As Dress Mannequin Flimflam
rubber stamp ink images, collage, ink and gouache on paper
2011
10 " x  7 " 
Selim I in Sexy Bodice Flimflam by Anne Polashenski
Selim I in Sexy Bodice Flimflam
Rubber stamp ink images, ink and gouache on paper.
2007
8 " x  8 " 
Murad III in Lacey Dress Mannequin Flimflam by Anne Polashenski
Murad III in Lacey Dress Mannequin Flimflam
Rubber stamp ink image and gouache on paper
2009
9 " x  7.5 " 
Turkish Delight: Torensel Kemha Obliteration by Anne Polashenski
Turkish Delight: Torensel Kemha Obliteration
C-print and gouache on paper
2010
21" x  23" 
Turkish Delight: Torensel Kemha Obliteration, detail by Anne Polashenski
Turkish Delight: Torensel Kemha Obliteration, detail
C-print and gouache on paper
2010
21" x  23" 
Turkish Delight: Ayça Seraser Obliteration by Anne Polashenski
Turkish Delight: Ayça Seraser Obliteration
C-print and gouache on paper
2010
20" x  15.5" 
Turkish Delight: Aplike Üçgenleri Obliteration by Anne Polashenski
Turkish Delight: Aplike Üçgenleri Obliteration
C-print and gouache on paper
2010
18" x  16" 
Turkish Delight: Cicek Obliteration by Anne Polashenski
Turkish Delight: Cicek Obliteration
C-print and gouache on paper
2009
21" x  21" 
Turkish Delight: Seraser Obliteration by Anne Polashenski
Turkish Delight: Seraser Obliteration
C-print
2008
18" x  15" 
Turkish Delight: Lâle Kemha Obliteration by Anne Polashenski
Turkish Delight: Lâle Kemha Obliteration
C-print and gouache on paper.
2008
18" x  18" 
 Turkish Delight: Serenk Obliteration by Anne Polashenski
Turkish Delight: Serenk Obliteration
C-print and gouache on paper.
2008
18" x  15" 
Turkish Delight: Çintamani Obliteration by Anne Polashenski
Turkish Delight: Çintamani Obliteration
C-print and gouache on paper.
2008
16" x  16" 

Artist Statement
The setting is the Ottoman Empire and all of the Sultans have been stripped of their Kaftans.

I have stolen these ornate robes and incorporated them into Turkish Delight, a series of mixed media works that addresses the status of women through dress. Traditionally, only Ottoman Sultans wore Imperial Kaftans, but I am placing women in these elaborate robes. The women in Turkish Delight are camouflaged within the painted textile patterns. They become invisible or merged with their surroundings through a process of layering, some almost to the point of obliteration.  Turkish Delight implies that women are objectified as “eye-candy”– an experience that women confront everyday in almost all cultures.  It seems that camouflage could be a powerful way to protect oneself (in this case the woman exercises power in becoming invisible and therefore protected) but taken to an extreme, the woman is in danger of disappearing altogether.

The Turkish Delight Flimflams, a series created after the Turkish Delight works, exhibit Ottoman Sultans stripped of their kaftans and dressed in female clothing– corsets, crinolines, ballerina costumes and the like. Stamped images and painted patterns interact with drawings of the Ottoman Sultans (primarily the heads). These pieces move further into the realm of fantasy and absurdity than the other works.  The male figures are locked into place by ornate Turkish patterns and are confronted by the absurdity of their dress.  Are these Sultans trapped, or are they free? With regard to their dress, I leave it to the viewer to decide.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

Hunter College, New York
MFA, Combined Media

Plattsburgh State University, B.A. Painting and Printmaking

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2009
Turkish Delight, Emerging Artist Exhibition Series, Barbara Walters Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, April 2-30

2008
Obliterations, Galeria Fruela, Madrid, Spain, 30 October - 5 December 2008.

2006
Patterned Faux Pas & Other Obliterations, Charleston Heights Art Center Gallery, Las Vegas, NV, November 24, 2006 - February 11, 2007

SELECTED ART EXHIBITIONS

2011
Pursuant Pharaohs
, Collar Works Gallery, curated by Georgia Wohnsen, Troy, NY, Sept 30-Oct 21, 2011. 

2010

Fuzzy Logic, Thompson Gallery, Cambridge School at Weston, Weston, MA, April 9-June 17.

Flat File Exhibition, Golden Parachutes, Berlin,Germany, Jan 22-Feb 26, 2010.

2009
Strictly Regulated
, Corridor Gallery, curated by Nina Ziefvert, Brooklyn, NY, Sept 27-Nov 7.
 
Mixed Greens 10th Anniversary Exhibition, New York, NY, July 9–Aug 14

2008
tART Summer Exhibition, Rabbithole Gallery, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

2007
Evolve Dissolve, Go North: A Space for Contemporary Art, curated by Joe Millar, Beacon, NY

Visual Reiterations: Recent Work by Anne Polashenski and Yasuko Fujioka, curated by Juliana Driever, Flushing Library, Queens, NY

About Face, Contemporary Portraiture, curated by Paddy Johnson & Danielle Mysliwiec, GE World Headquarters, Fairfield, CT

2006
Cultural Redress: Reinterpreting Fashions from the Index of American Design, curated by Juliana Driever, Queens Library Gallery, Jamaica, NY

2005
The Space Between, Mixed Greens, NY, NY
Magic Realism: Project Diversity, BAM, Brooklyn, NY


RESIDENCIES

Jul-Aug 2012
Cooper Union, Artist-Teacher Summer Residency, New York, NY

Jul-Aug 2011           
St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity
, Valletta, Malta

July-Aug 2010
The Art Factory, Bialystok, Poland

April 2008
Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain

Mar. 2007
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

May 2005
Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, FL


**Please see my website for the complete version of my resume**