HER STORY Boo Saville, 34, artist
My old gallery was a melting pot of writers, artists, photographers - a hub of interesting people. Polly always seemed to be there. She's so glamorous and doesn't even have to try. She looks like her work: enviously elegant and stylish. She's always busy going everywhere, doing stuff. But she's not insanely confident, as you'd expect at her level of success. She's humble and self-effacing.
We've visited each other's studios, which is a big deal.
Artists are quite private - their studios are a sacred space. Polly tells me to be more confident. I don't take advice
but I like to give it. I've suggested things to try in her work, and she won't do it either!
Polly is much tougher than me. She's from a farming background and has that practical attitude that farmers have. I find it hard getting out there, working with lots of people. She's very practical about getting her work seen. She's a professional operation. I turn up at exhibitions thinking: I'm so stupid - what am I doing here?
Polly loves to dance. She gets into it. Art events can be stifling - when you meet someone like that, you breathe a sigh of relief. You can quickly tell who is in the art
world for the right reasons. At openings and events we seek each other out. We're usually drunk, holding one another up in the midst of everything insane.
We've got to know each other well over the past four years. I'd love to go on holiday with her. I'd be happy to go camping in
Polly has a real
set-up: a house, a
drive. I just sort of exist.
HER STORY Polly Morgan, 34, artist
A friend of mine got drunk at a private view and bought one of Boo's pictures even though he couldn't afford it. "Her show is amazing," he said, so I went, and that's how we first met. Then we met again at a house party - she put on a Florence and the Machine song and
we went completely nuts on the dancefloor. We barely knew each other but I loved her straightaway.
I didn't go to art school, so I never had crits - artists critiquing each other's work, unlocking it. I told Boo about this once, drunk. She said: "I'm coming to your studio to give you a crit, then you can do me." The next day I got
an email with dates in. She took it seriously. She is an inspiring person to be around.
You meet a lot of young pretenders trying to impress;
Boo says exactly what she thinks. She's given me suggestions on my work. The advice I give her is business: invoices, sales, negotiating. I learn more from her than she can from me, I think.
Maybe I don't have the confidence of my abilities. I'm a lot more awkward than Boo is, less sociable. I remember driving around
We don't feel the need
to talk all the time. I'd love
to go on a windy ramble with Boo and my dogs in
a beach - I prefer walking, but my boyfriend's never
up for it. She'd be a good
companion. ¦ RHIK SAMADDER
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