Polina Teif

August 15, 2017

What name do you go by, and what kind of artist are you? 

Polina Teif/Pol. Multidisciplinary artist working in photo/film/print/installation at the moment.


Describe your artistic process or practice with three to five words



Who are some visual art influences that impact your craft?

Lynne Cohen, Zhang Huan, Laura Splan, Ad Reinhardt, Brian Eno on music.


Who / what are some non-visual art influences that impact your craft? 

John Frusciante, Alan Watts, Grimes, gardening, music, astrology, the weather.


What are some habits you cultivate to get you into the work groove? 

Show up. 


If you could see one piece of art right now, which one would it be? 

A huge Ryoji Ikeda installation would be great.


Describe your residency experience so far.

I got the chance to unpack some ideas that have been fermenting in my head for a while and see them develop and take form. The process ended up being much more playful than I anticipated initially. I’m really happy to have gotten to know some of the other participants and gain some insight into their practice. 


Talk a bit about what you’ve been working on the last few weeks?

I’ve been playing around with some manufactured objects I’ve collected as a sort of study on the intersection of cosmetics/medical products. Mostly products from Alibaba, or Gmarket, online consumer beauty products primarily geared towards women. I find them very curious and problematic in terms of inclusion vs exclusion of colour. The seeming “neutrality” of ***flesh/skin-tone*** whatever that means, signals these objects convey on how a body should or should not be. So all that and how Western practices of beauty and medicine intersect with Eastern inspired ritual and healing practices.


Beverage of choice while working



Where will we find your work on opening night? 

-> My work will be in the very very back room on the 3rd floor painting studio. <-


Draw a representation of what you look like while you’re working.



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