American photographer Polly Gaillard presents a series of personal photographs documenting her post-divorce life with her daughter.
After receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2010, Polly has been leading national and international workshops and courses related to photography. Besides her successful teaching career, Polly’s personal fine art photography has been widely appreciated. Presented series Pressure Points is a collection of awkward moments shared between Polly and her daughter. The series shows still lifes and staged portraits mixed with the ones captured without her daughter’s awareness. As a mother, Polly is being aware of the significant change, the divorce has brought up. As an artist, she felt a need to capture it.
"This project strive to monumentalize moments with my child and the objects she has encountered or arranged in my effort to comment on the significance of motherhood, memory, and loss. Pressure Points within our bodies are bundles of nerves that when pressed can cause pleasure or pain. The practice of acupuncture asserts these points are energy channels that allow our “life-force” to flow through our bodies. My interior pressure points often involve being a single mother of an only child. The constant push/pull, pleasure/pain and guilt/joy of motherhood create a sense of ambivalence that at moments can be overwhelming and at other moments life renewing. The divorce plays out in our lives both in subtle and startling ways as I observe her through windows, behind a sofa pillow, or in the shade of my house, ” shared her thoughts Polly.