Polek’s work reminds me most of Edward Gorey’s illustrations, particularly his work for Florence Parry Heide’s The Treehorn Trilogy. While the confines of the drawings may seem imposingly small, the boundaries are adorned with dashed-off curlicues that only a master hand could perform. Polek has a similar ability to draw you into the miniature, to warmly welcome you into richly conceived micro-worlds. But as soon as you get too close, you’re reminded: Look, don’t touch.
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