Better the demon you know

We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.
— André Berthiaume
Learned How To Hide My Crazy

Learned How To Hide My Crazy

A Real Woman

A Real Woman

With everything going on in the media (and really always) the time feels ripe to feature Polly Nor. 

Themes of female sexuality, body image, and those inner demons are all knocking at the door, then throw that together with our ever growing (dirty) internet / social media addiction and that nicely rounds off what it can feel like to be a female living in todays modern world.

Nobody Knows

Nobody Knows

I remember the first time I came across Polly's illustrations and immediately they struck a chord - the visual representation of all the ‘masks we wear’ and daily struggles was simply too good. It made me laugh, want to share it with friends, whilst simultaneously highlighting the absurdity of it all. 

It’s not to say it’s all funny haha but it’s more the place of truth it comes from - wrestling with those inner and outer demons, suppressed desires with a no frills approach.

I guess my interpretation of them comes, in part, from the saying about facing your demons. Most of my pieces are about the relationship the female character has with herself, but sometimes they are outside forces.
— Polly Nor in Juxtapose

Polly’s style definitely isn’t for everyone though and these everyday realities make some people (very) uncomfortable whilst for the rest of us (especially her girl fan base) that's what draws us in and keeps us coming back for more.

Her instagram has gone ballistic with a global following that is living and feeling the very things she draws about and are responding in a ‘me too’ kind of fashion...and how cool is that!? 

Be You But Better

Be You But Better

For that reason, social media is a wonderful connecting tool, however it is possible to have too much of a good thing. As we increasingly use it as a lifeline to the outside world - eat, drink, date, shit, sleep - it would be crazy not to recognise its' impact on the human psyche, how we feel about ourselves, each other and the world around us. I mean it’s exhausting and frustrating just to think about it and yet I too am a victim.  

She Only Swipes Right on Sundays

She Only Swipes Right on Sundays

For me, Polly’s work embraces the crazy in us all but equally it's about holding up a mirror to what's going on around us. If we can stop to laugh about it, we just might see the light between the cracks. And just maybe, it could help us drop the masks and shed some skin, giving ourselves half a chance to be vulnerable and imperfect, instead of worrying about what we think is expected. 

Thanks Polly. 

While You're Watching Me

While You're Watching Me

'Shedding Skin' installation from her solo exhibition 'It's Called Art Mum, Look It Up!'

'Shedding Skin' installation from her solo exhibition 'It's Called Art Mum, Look It Up!'

 
Some Place New

Some Place New