Aryana Polat is an Iranian-American multidisciplinary artist, mainly working with sculpture, video, and performance. She investigates extractive capitalism and its branches; the military industrial complex, exploitation of labor and natural resources, commodity, and neoliberal despiritualization. She’s interested in the meeting points between these industries: where the exploitative meets the liberatory, the opulent meets the deprived, and where the tangible meets the ephemeral. Operating through these industries allows her to explore the ways they affect our environment, and in turn, our bodies. Polat utilizes the poetic sensibilities of Iranian cinema, symbolism, and prose to weave together these narratives.

Polat is preparing to attend the Franconia Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Residency in 2022, and was nominated to attend the Yale: Norfolk School of Art summer residency in 2020. Her work has been exhibited in group shows throughout Los Angeles, New England, and online. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2021 with a BFA in Sculpture.