Polly Gould


Polly Gould is currently working with anamorphic landscapes in glass. The mirrored hand-blown glass globes and distorted horizons on painted etched-glass plates are derived from topographic watercolours by Antarctic explorer Dr. Edward Wilson. Wilson was one of the party that died with Scott on their fated attempt to be first at the South Pole in January 1912. 2012 is the centenary of that event.  These works are currently showing as part of TOPOPHOBIA, the group touring show co-curated by Gould with Anne Eggebert. TOPOPHOBIA opened at Danielle Arnaud on 13 january-19 February 2012. It is currently showing at Bluecoat, Liverpool 3 March - 22 April and moving to Spacex, Exeter 12 May - 7 July     2012. Gould is part of the group show MINIMAL near Stavanger, Norway at Ha Gamle Prestegard, 9 June to 26 August 2012. Guy Limone (fr), Polly Gould (uk), Sarah Woodfine (uk), Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz (us), Vincent Bousserez (fr), Daniel Dorall (au), Thomas Doyle (us), Akiko Ikeda (jpn), Liliana Porter (us), Danwen Xing (chi), Tessa Farmer (uk), Nils Olav Bøe (no)

Gould works across media, with drawing, sound, video, photography, print and performance. She is currently undertaking an AHRC funded PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, titled No More Elsewhere: Melancholia, Subjectivity, Landscape.

She has combined drawing and writing in installation works that examine the narrative urge in our lives; the things we say to each other, the way we end up quoting favorite books, living our lives like scenes from films, or finding the words of a popular song to do our talking for us. She explores the ‘writing oneself backwards’ of autobiography and the work of memory and  presented in a live form as performance lectures or performance video works.

Gould’s recent work has been particularly concerned with the spatialisation of memory, landscape and mourning.  She has given papers at conferences which combine visual and performative elements with theoretical themes. Conferences in 2007 include Death, Dying and Disposal 2007, 2009 in Bath and Durham: Death and Beyond, ASCA Amsterdam. Conference contributions in 2008 include, Arctic Discourses, Tromso, Norway, February 2008, and All Over the Place: Drawing Place, Drawing Space, Bristol UWE, November 2008. And an international conference The Death Scene: Perspectives on Mortality, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia 15-16th July 2009.

Exhibitions and performances include:

Peninsular  March 1st - 20th June 2008 and a performance of Libraries and Landscape or what is it that I have lost? April 19th 2008 at ICIA, Bath. Utopian Dreams at Bergen Natural History Museum, Bergen, Norway.

She contributed a short story to a collection of fiction by contemporary visual artists in Britain, The Alpine Fantasy of Victor B., edited by Jeremy Akerman and Eileen Daly. The book was published by Serpent’s Tail in December 2006 and includes contributions from David Burrows, Jake Chapman, Brighid Lowe and Jon Thompson. Artists read extracts from their contributions at an evening event at the Tate Britain on December 1st 2006. Gould hosted a reading with Brighid Lowe and Mikey Cuddihy at WAI festival in Kendal, on May 5th 2007. In 2007 she was selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize.


Hut Point (2012)

Silvered hand-blown glass, D.27 & watercolour on etched glass, 90 x 90 cm