Pluta’s studio practice embraces photography as a way of interpreting and re-conceptualising the function that images have in the present. Negotiating the possibilities of how material forms come together, she draws largely on finding, fragmenting, translating and reconfiguring things that are both photographed and found. Conceptually anchored in the effects of globalisation and Pluta’s own personal experience as a migrant to Australia, her creative pursuit seeks to articulate a fluid mode of moving through, and being in, the world. These ideas have led her to using a discursive photographic vocabulary as a purveyor of temporality, mutability and the impermanence of places. Pluta mediates on images with all their potential connections all at once, questioning how things from one place fit into another and speaking to experiences of place in the face of our changing environmental and societal condition.
Recently, Pluta has been included in important solo and group exhibitions, including her major solo exhibition, Nihilartikel: Izabela Pluta at Art and Design UNSW Galleries and co-travelling to the University of Newcastle in September, 2022, Variable Depth, Shallow Water, in Malta 2021. Important recent group exhibitions include From Impulse to Action at Bundanon Regional Art Museum (2022), Radical Slowness, The Lock-Up, Newcastle (2022) and Blue Assembly: Oceanic Thinking, The University of Queensland (2022). Pluta has also been the subject of numerous publications and has released her own book Figures of slippage and oscillation, which won the Perimeter Small Book Prize 2019.