As a visual artist, May 2012 saw a major exhibition of Polly’s video portraits, BEING commissioned for the opening of London’s newest Mint hotel. Her subjects included Tony Benn, Jason Isaacs and star of The Wire, Michael K Williams.

BEING is my antidote to the soundbite world. We have become so risk averse, so intent on controlling our output, we have forgotten how to observe each other, how to BE. People no longer feel that they can be who they really are but that they have to conform to a stereotype. The portraits provide them with a rare moment to just BE themselves.” said Polly Steele.
BEING sees a varied cast of characters reflecting on what it is to BE and shows how thoughts and intentions are reflected in our physical appearance.