Installation view of 6 Tips on DIY Pickling & Other Cleaning Conundrums Solved at Critical Distance Centre for Curators show "Fermenting Feminism"
Curated by Lauren Fournier
Documented by Lee Henderson
"Shamelessly re-claiming puns from the purview of 1950s dads and employing them as part of her humorous and sex-positive feminist art practice, Polan relishes in a peculiar kind of excess. With 6 Tips on DIY Pickling & Other Cleaning Conundrums Solved, Polan provides a playful and practical suggestion for those who work with beets (in the kitchen or elsewhere): the use of black latex gloves to protect your hands while making beet sauerkraut, or, as Polan notes in her title, while pickling beets. Recently shifting her focus away from food and toward the realm of cleaning—rituals of cleaning oneself and cleaning one’s house—this piece straddles these two areas of interest, both of which converge in feminist histories of domesticity, consumption, and the home."
Excerpt from Critical Kombucha, Dirty Soap, and BDSM Beets: Fermenting Feminism through Contemporary Art Practices
by Lauren Fournier, Curator of "Fermenting Feminism"