That Girl: Allie Pohl

An artist sculpts and molds life, preserving today for tomorrow. They are tasked with marking what’s going at this specific time for future generations. Allie Pohl always dreamed of becoming an artist and she molded that seemingly impossible dream into a reality. She now spends her days creating art that comments on living in contemporary society as a female, which isn’t the easiest task. The ideal woman is based on perfection and unnatural, unattainable ideals in a world where everything is a commercially-packaged version of beauty.

One of Allie�s well-known series consists of figures blown up to size and made out of memory foam. You can squeeze and mold them just as society shapes us. As an artist, Allie's job is to step away from society to present what she sees. She not only molds history, she also molds lives. She spends a lot of her time at a local organization focused on helping women who are recovering from mental illness and homelessness.

If you could describe yourself in three words, what would those words be?

Passionate, ambitious and honest.

Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.

Most of the girls in my life rock! My friends, my sister, my mother, all impact my life positively. I have found that women get nicer as they get older.

What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?

My dream is to be in the Whitney Biennial, to show in the Palais de Tokyo, to be able to share my art and ideas all over the world and to bring awareness of diverse perspectives of beauty.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of coming up with the concept and symbol of â��Ideal Woman.' 'Ideal Womanâ�� represents a symbol of society's demand for perfection as a naturally unobtainable product.� Women are constantly inundated with images that culturally define feminine beauty. Often times, these commercially-packaged versions of beauty are simply illusions created through the use of advanced digital technology. I created the â��Ideal Womanâ�� to continue this dialogue.

Tell us about a conversation you�ve had that�s changed your life.

I have a jewelry line based on my sculptures called, Ideal Woman: Necklace. The necklaces are assembled by� a women's organization, Daybreak, located in Santa Monica. Daybreak, a project of nonprofit OPCC, empowers women recovering from mental illness and homelessness to rebuild their lives. Every month, I work with these women, hear their stories and discuss what it is like to be a woman. Each woman and each story changes my perspective and, to some degree, my life.� I think it is very important to surround yourself with different perspectives from different people from different walks of life.� 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself continuing to make art. I can't imagine doing anything else!

What is the number one item on your bucket list?

To visit Berlin.

Who has been the biggest female influence in your life and why?

I have many artistic female influences. Barbara Kruger, Sarah Lucas, Yayoi Kusama, Orlan, Vanessa Beecroft, Cindy Sherman and many more. I am grateful to all the women who have helped pave the way for female artists and to the women who continue to �hit the pavement.�

What is the biggest risk you�ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?

I think choosing to be an artist as a full-time career is the biggest risk I have taken. It is a very uncertain path.

Why are you a badass?

I am not sure that I am!

*Interview conducted and compiled by Lauren Rhew*


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