Artist's Statement + BIO
My early subject matter addresses a mid-20th century sanitized sensibility of repression, conformity and unhappiness. By choosing to paint in limited, muted colors, I aim to recreate the feeling of faded advertisements. Much of this work is paired with text to emphasize the absurdity of the message.
My more recent "Scream" series is a personal reaction to our current political climate. Frustration, angst, sadness and despair are a subjects I explore extensively in my work.
In all my work, I explore the disconnect between the idea of perceived happiness vs. our current reality. In the 21st century we are dealing with gender and racial inequality, environmental calamity and a lack of faith in our future.
Born in the late 1960's, Ms. Pollak-Lewis grew up in a small suburban town in New York, where she was raised in a traditional nuclear family. Her parents furnished their home with classic mid-century modern furniture, abstract art and architecture books.
After graduation from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Film/Animation, Ms. Pollak-Lewis travelled west to San Francisco where she began a commercial art career as a staff artist and freelance Illustrator. Her specialty was capturing expression and emotion.
Throughout her career she maintained a traditional painting studio where she worked in oils. Heavily influenced by her childhood, she boasts an extensive collection of magazines, photographs and toys from the late 1950s through the 1970s. Much of her early paintings were of jello molds, housewives and disgruntled husbands with headaches.
Her work explores difficult emotions, such as pain and sadness. She uses a muted palette with a vibrant background for maximum impact. Ms. Pollak-Lewis is now exploring the concepts of RAGE and DISASTER, partially in response to our current US political climate.