Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
Using vinyl, paper, and paint, my collages, photographs and installations combine printed, scanned, and re-copied images and phrases from Instagram posts and advertisements from homeware websites, CB2 catalogs and nature magazines - fusing them into sometimes cluttered, sometimes minimal surreal orchestrations centering on themes of self-improvement and self-indulgence. The work directly engages with the normalization of wealth, and the willful ignorance of consumption’s impact on the climate while challenging the slickness and illusion photography allows. I am examining the ways images are used to stoke desire, not only for the objects themselves, but for the identities and lifestyles they represent.
Alissa D. Polan is an artist and curator. She has attended residencies internationally and her collages and installations have been widely exhibited, including the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, (Sonoma, CA), Joya: arte + ecología / AiR (Andalucía, Spain), Paradice Palase, NY, LMAKgallery, (New York, NY), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Heather Marx Art Advisory (San Francisco, CA), and Klowden Mann (Culver City, CA). She is the recipient of the Spring 2020 WorkingArtist.org Photography Award. She received her MFA in Sculpture from SFAI (San Francisco, CA). Alissa currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.