Packing for Vacation
This painting depicts the preparation for a vacation, featuring many of the artist’s treasured objects carefully selected and placed around the room, waiting to be packed. Alluding to Henri Matisse’s Red Studio (1911), Shindler instead creates a room centered around rest and relaxation rather than labor.
Polly Shindler creates the living spaces in her paintings from her imagination as well as real and digital imagery. Drawn from a deep desire for solitude and retreat, Shindler stacks her artworks with colors, patterns, and textures that reference the history of art and architecture as she explores ideas surrounding the value of personal space.
Polly Shindler creates the living spaces in her paintings from a combination of her imagination and sourced imagery. Drawn from a deep desire for solitude and retreat, Shindler stacks her artworks with colors, patterns, and textures that reference the history of art and architecture, from a Louis XIV-style settee to a Jasper Johns painting. More recently, she has added the influence of outdoor views to her intimate rooms as she continues exploring ideas surrounding the value of personal space, an interest in location and the idiosyncrasies of place.
Polly Shindler (b. 1977) works and lives in the Hudson Valley, NY. She received a BA in History from the University of Massachusetts (2001) and an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute (2011).
Shindler has had solo shows at Troutbeck in Amenia, NY (2022), Jennifer Terzian Gallery in Litchfield, CT (2022), and Freight + Volume in New York City, NY (2020). Group shows that included Shindler’s work took place at Lush II at Hashimoto Gallery in New York City, NY (2022), Emotional Support Art at the Biggin Gallery, Auburn University, Auburn, AL (2021), and Just what is it…?, Cristea Roberts, London, UK (2021).
She was awarded residencies at The Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY (2022 and 2020) and The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT (2013).