Polina Barskaya


Polina Barskaya is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York who combines watercolor over coarse-woven paper that renders a non-specific, blurry image.  The blur for Barskaya serves as the navigation between her childhood home in Cherkassy, Ukraine and her current home in New York City.  The artist utilizes vernacular family photographs as source material and reconstructs their connection into paintings that convey subject matter while obscuring fine details.

Some paintings depict a range of personal subject matter showing a young family standing together to make a significant moment, a toddler set within a back yard, or an older woman resting on a bench staring quizzically out at the viewer. A wooden boardwalk appears in some while brutalist, futuristic architectural structures are visible in others, confusing the sense of location.  By portraying the family as a local construct, Polina Barskaya measures an old-world Soviet outlook with new-world American values. The combinations appear endless in the artists’ series which has expanded from torn paper to acrylic on canvas.

In 2010 Polina Barskaya completed her M.F.A. at Pratt Institute.  Her first solo show titled The Visitors appeared at New Jersey’s Kent Place School in 2010. Since 2011 her paintings have appeared in numerous group shows.  Barskaya’s paintings were also included in Migrants: Nation at the gallery of JCC Manhattan and also in Absinthe Minded at Lone Wolf Gallery in 2011.  Most recently the artist participated in a group show titled Bachelorette Party that took place at Loft 594 in Brooklyn.

Contact Barskaya via email, barskaya [dot] polina [at] gmail [dot] com