Silvia Poloto

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Neighborhood: Hunters Point Shipyard

Beginning with my experience as a woman, immigrant, widow and mother, from my own subjective experience and honest reflection, I create work to connect to others. I move beyond my personal identity to a universal self, casting light into and onto human experience. In this way these things that define me are catalysts, but never traps. They are lenses, but never blinders. They are personal, but only to connect to the universal.

I am interested in the purpose of pain, in the structure of sorrow, in the anguish of grief, in the rapture of love, in the joy of friendship, in the tenderness of self-discovery. I am interested in the exploration of elegance, of simplicity, of beauty.

Like many artists in history, I affirm the existence of beauty itself and the possibility of human connection and shared meaning. However I work in abstraction. Through abstraction I reveal rather than portray, and invite rather than present.

I use an always evolving approach to materials to express what is there, what is here, what is between.