Polly Swift’s mixed media drawings feature flat, rich landscapes complemented by her signature imagery: essential and timeless architecture. Through the use of bold, often primary colors and distinct line, Swift transports the viewer into benevolent spaces where an orange sun is always shining, the sky is perpetually blue, and the grass is green. Often, the entire background is saturated with lively hues leaving only chosen structures unadorned with color. The flat perspective, devoid of scale, encourages flowers to tower to the height of buildings and trees in these fantastical landscapes. Swift often includes a building or two, but keeps her architectural elements sparse as they pale in comparison to nature.
photograph by Katelynn Ralston