Polly Cruse

“My practice involves sculpture and photography, employing everyday items as materials. Focusing on the everyday, and the relationships between the intangible and the material, I investigate the need for and creation of an interior haven from the outside world and the importance played by objects, gifts, memorabilia and flowers. I look to bring attention to these items by photographing common place objects arranged into ‘still life’ compositions to create images of beauty, narrative and potential humour. “

Polly Cruse is a multidisciplinary artist whose works fall within the realms of sculpture, installation and photography. Cruse explores how to elevate the importance and status of objects, gifts and memorabilia in the home, constructing photographs, prints and sculptures from objects which once had a home and are now no longer perfect through the exploration of the creation of a private dwelling.

Since achieving an MA in Fine art from Norwich University of the Arts (2004), Cruse has gone on to exhibit widely in the U.K. as well as in France and Italy, with solo shows including Captured Moments of Dreamt Freedom, Wembly Point,(2008) and Still Lives, Norwich Arts Centre. Additionally, Polly has been featured in esteemed texts and publications such as Still Lives; an Exhibition of Still Life Photography catalogue with introductory essay by K. Fijalkowski.