Polly Nor 27 London
Categories: Art, Design, Illustrator

Posted: 7th November 2016

If your phone could talk- what might it say? It doesn't really bare thinking about does it?

To call this generation's relationship with our mobile devices anything less than familial, emotional, conflicted, warped and intimate would be an horrible understatement. We're very much living our lives through them and it's hard to find the time to come up for air. Meet Polly Nor, the 27 year old London-based artist who's wonderfully satanic drawings are illustrated explorations of young women and their tumultuous relationships to their iPhones and shifting senses of identity; from swiping right on the loo, examining our naked bodies, mental health and relationships via spooning our phones to sleep at night and long double screen masturbation sessions. As grim as they are iconoclastic and challenging Polly's garnered a cult following online. Partly, this is because beyond her wonderful talents, Polly's pictures are wickedly funny too; her women return home from work, stripping of their "girl uniforms" of mom jeans and trendy slogan t-shirts to reveal what really lies beneath- a horny (literally) devil who just wants to crack open a beer and kick back in front of the TV.

After graduating with a degree in illustration from Loughborough University in 2011 Polly found herself in an uninspiring job as a receptionist. It wash't until 2014 that she began to devote her time to her drawings where she channelled much of her frustrations. Since then Polly has worked with the likes of Dazed and Confused, Dr Martens and Complex and more importantly, is adored by fan-girls word wide.

Her women are unapologetic, unshaven and an unabridged look at what modern femininity really looks like when the filters have been removed and there's no one left to impress. Her girls party with the devil himself, make love to him and then behead him- a little more exciting than most of Friday nights sure, but in essence the modern fables her pictures tell are achingly relatable- we can all find ourselves in Polly's women and that's maybe why she has 242k followers on Instagram.

Polly's talents extend beyond her drawings; she makes her iPhone cases and sells her own prints online and, she's just informed us she's working on her first proper fashion collaboration with proper legit fave designer of ours but all is under embargo for now!

In an age when it's near impossible for girls to escape images of the objectified woman, thanks be to god for Polly Nor.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO:I’m an illustrator from North West London. I spend most of my days drawing women and devils and running my online store www.pollynorstore.co.uk.HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN A SENTENCE?Always late. I have no sense of time at all.A DAY IN THE LIFE OF YOU…I’m really not a morning person so the day always starts off slowly. I try to get all the boring stuff out the way first, like emails and sorting out deliveries for my online store then I walk over to my studio. If I don’t have plans with mates in the evenings I’ll usually stay at the studio drawing until like 10/11 pm. I’m way more creative in the evenings.WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?When I’m eating.WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?At the moment I’m really in to Nina Chanel Abney, Brecht Vandenbrouke, Bhupen Khakar and Monica Kim Garza.WHAT'S YOUR CURRENT OBSESSION?The new Solange album. I have had it on repeat constantly for the past few weeks. I’m really obsessive I always have to rinse things that I like until I’m completely sick of them.WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE?Focus on your strengths not your flaws.WHAT COULD YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?Uber.BOOK CLUB RECOMMENDATION?At the moment I’m reading Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay. It’s really good, I’d definitely recommend it.BEST PARTY YOU'VE EVER BEEN TO?My Boogie Nights themed 26th birthday party. Any excuse to wear thigh high boots and sequins.SONG TO BE PLAYING AS YOU ENTER THE CLUB?The Boss – James Brown.TIME YOU LAUGHED THE HARDEST?Last weekend my friend told me she knew it was time to leave her job because she was masturbating too much at work out of sheer boredom. That got me for a while. WHAT'S YOUR SIGNATURE DISH?I really hate cooking…. I usually bring the crisps, dips and booze to the dinner parties. ONE ITEM OF CLOTHING THAT BEST SUMS YOU UP?Trainers and fleeces. I love being cozy.WHAT WORDS OR PHRASES DO YOU MOST OVERUSE?‘You only live once’ will probably never get old for me. Its just such a good motto. I still regularly use it to try and persuade my friends to be irresponsible with me.WHAT'S NEXT?I’ve just finished working on a couple of projects with Andy Baker, a really amazing animator. It’s a been really fun working with him and watching the characters and stories that I’ve been exploring for the past year come to life. I’m also in the early stages of a fashion collab with an exciting designer and I’m trying to get new artwork done for my next solo exhibition. AND FINALLY...WHO IS YOUR NEXT BABYFACE GIRL SUGGESTION?Who: Celeste Mountjoy
Why: She's a 17 year old artist from Melbourne. Her work kind of reminds me of Chris Simpsons Artist meets Phoebe Waller-bridge’s comedy series Fleabag. We started messaging years ago and I couldn’t believe how young she was. She’s really killing it at the moment.
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