Photograph of Artist SILVIA POLOTO
SILVIA POLOTO
San Francisco, California - United States



Original Artworks (16)

Silvia Poloto; Absence Presence , 2013, Original Mixed Media, 36 x 36 inches. Artwork description: 241   Mixed media ...
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2013
36 x 36 inches (91.4 x 91.4 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; Blossom, 2013, Original Mixed Media, 48 x 48 inches. Artwork description: 241  Mixed media on aluminum ...
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2013
48 x 48 inches (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; Unleash And Unlock, 2011, Original Mixed Media, 43 x 60 inches.
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2011
43 x 60 inches (109.2 x 152.4 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; Truth And Lies 3, 2011, Original Mixed Media, 47 x 29 inches.
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2011
47 x 29 inches (119.4 x 73.7 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; Family Tree 4, 2011, Original Mixed Media, 50 x 33 inches.
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2011
50 x 33 inches (127.0 x 83.8 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; Family Tree 3, 2011, Original Mixed Media, 33 x 50 inches.
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2011
33 x 50 inches (83.8 x 127.0 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; WHISPER, 2011, Original Mixed Media, 22 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241  Qatar Series:   As my own life experiences greatly influence my imagery and my art, the genesis of the Malta series began during my residency in Gozo, Malta. This was a retreat from a very difficult period in my life. I was raw and fragile. Diving into . . . this ...
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2011
22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 76.2 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; SPINDLE, 2011, Original Mixed Media, 22 x 45 inches. Artwork description: 241 Qatar Series:   As my own life experiences greatly influence my imagery and my art, the genesis of the Malta series began during my residency in Gozo, Malta. This was a retreat from a very difficult period in my life. I was raw and fragile. Diving into . . . this ...
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2011
22 x 45 inches (55.9 x 114.3 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; FLOCK, 2011, Original Mixed Media, 22 x 45 inches. Artwork description: 241 Qatar Series:  As my own life experiences greatly influence my imagery and my art, the genesis of the Malta series began during my residency in Gozo, Malta. This was a retreat from a very difficult period in my life. I was raw and fragile. Diving into . . . this ...
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2011
22 x 45 inches (55.9 x 114.3 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; HUSH, 2011, Original Mixed Media, 22 x 45 inches. Artwork description: 241  As my own life experiences greatly influence my imagery and my art, the genesis of the Malta series began during my residency in Gozo, Malta. This was a retreat from a very difficult period in my life. I was raw and fragile. Diving into . . . this body of ...
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2011
22 x 45 inches (55.9 x 114.3 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; GRID 1, 2010, Original Mixed Media, 74 x 74 inches. Artwork description: 241     I am drawn to the idea of abstraction, where meaning is not absolute but suggestive. Throughout my career I have worked in many different media: drawing, printmaking, painting, photography and sculpture to name a few. My photographic works, at the core, are
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2010
74 x 74 inches (188.0 x 188.0 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; GRID 2, 2010, Original Mixed Media, 74 x 74 inches. Artwork description: 241    I am drawn to the idea of abstraction, where meaning is not absolute but suggestive. Throughout my career I have worked in many different media: drawing, printmaking, painting, photography and sculpture to name a few. My photographic works, at the core, are
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2010
74 x 74 inches (188.0 x 188.0 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; TRUTH AND LIES 1, 2010, Original Mixed Media, 60 x 42 inches. Artwork description: 241   I am drawn to the idea of abstraction, where meaning is not absolute but suggestive. Throughout my career I have worked in many different media: drawing, printmaking, painting, photography and sculpture to name a few. My photographic works, at the core, are
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2010
60 x 42 inches (152.4 x 106.7 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; FAMILY TREE 1, 2010, Original Mixed Media, 68 x 54 inches. Artwork description: 241  I am drawn to the idea of abstraction, where meaning is not absolute but suggestive. Throughout my career I have worked in many different media: drawing, printmaking, painting, photography and sculpture to name a few. My photographic works, at the core, are
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2010
68 x 54 inches (172.7 x 137.2 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; FAMILY TREE 2, 2010, Original Mixed Media, 60 x 60 inches. Artwork description: 241  I am drawn to the idea of abstraction, where meaning is not absolute but suggestive. Throughout my career I have worked in many different media: drawing, printmaking, painting, photography and sculpture to name a few. My photographic works, at the core, are
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2010
60 x 60 inches (152.4 x 152.4 cm)
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Silvia Poloto; Blood Orange, 2010, Original Mixed Media, 63 x 42 inches.
Silvia Poloto
Original Mixed Media, 2010
63 x 42 inches (160.0 x 106.7 cm)
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Artist Statement


Artist statement on PROCESS:

Private Puzzles 2010 - 2011

I am drawn to the idea of abstraction, where meaning is not absolute but suggestive. Throughout my career I have worked in many different media: drawing, printmaking, painting, photography and sculpture to name a few. My photographic works, at the core, are “equivalents” of reality. That is to say, I create scenes or objects to be photographed, rather than illustrate existential situations. The process is an internal one inspired by personal experiences and imagination.

My latest body of work combines processes I have used in the past, expressing the visual vocabulary I have already learned in new contexts. I begin by building plexiglass boxes, filling some of them with resin and others with wax. I then make drawings, which I print on transparent film and build up in layers on top of each box. I repeat this process until I am satisfied with the result and, then, I photograph it.

Initially, I wanted to print very large-format photographs on watercolor paper. However, the high cost of printing such large pieces was prohibitive. A fellow photographer, and friend, offered the use of his own printer, but it was smaller than what I had had in mind. Seeing that I could not make prints larger than twenty-four inches wide, I decided to divide my large images into sections, to make smaller prints and mount them on separate panels to be either attached or simply displayed together.

Once I began this process, I realized I could use actual objects on my panels instead of photographs. In following the evolution of my own process, I was inspired to create this more complex and multi-dimensional work. Though the ideas behind it are just as accessible, they now require the viewer to piece together their various elements in order to draw their own meaningful conclusions.
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