Sally Simpson | Stanley Street Gallery

Sally Simpson

Sally Simpson grew up by the sea in and now lives on a small farm outside of Canberra. She began her studies at the South Australian School of Art in 1982, graduating at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney and completed a Master of Philosophy in Sculpture at ANU School of Art in 2012. Simpson’s artworks are recordings of the interaction of humans and the land at a particular point in time as if for a future museum.

 

Solo Exhibition

Click Here Objects for an Unknown Future Museum 7th of Sept - 1st Oct 2016

Sally Simpson Coral Reliquary with Bird Skull, 2016. Found object, mixed media with stainless steel mount. 76 x 20 x 20cms Cephalopoda Reliquary with Stingray Bones 2016. Found objects, mixed media with stainless steel mount. 79 x 20 x 20cms

Sally Simpson Coral Reliquary with Bird Skull, 2016. Found object, mixed media with stainless steel mount. 76 x 20 x 20cms Cephalopoda Reliquary with Stingray Bones 2016. Found objects, mixed media with stainless steel mount. 79 x 20 x 20cms

 

Click Here Venerated Remains 19th March - 12th April 2014

Simpson Sally - Venerated Remains Sculpture

Simpson Sally - Venerated Remains Sculpture

 

Group Exhibition

Click Here Works on Paper - 1 Metre 11th June - 5th of July 2014

Sally Simpson - Mummified Fish 1 (detail)- Charcoal, mud, chalk on paper - 115cm x 51cm - $1,500

Sally Simpson - Mummified Fish 1 (detail)- Charcoal, mud, chalk on paper - 115cm x 51cm - $1,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Sally Simpson makes personal ritual objects drawing on the legacy of traditions in which the figure is an object of power through which one hopes to influence or appeal to the spiritual world. Her artistic and philosophical preoccupations arise from 25 years of living on small acreage farms, observing relations between humans and the natural world.

Her process of making is part of the mediation between nature and culture, the art a by-product of a way to be in the world, a means of paying the kind of attention the sculptures themselves ask for. Using the materials of her immediate environment to embody and mediate her own place in it, she attempts to find a point of balance between confusing and contradictory value systems.

Collecting organic and man-made materials from specific sites she sorts them in her home studio while considering methods to build and connect them. Her use of finely crafted detail and unexpected methods enhance the other-worldly, museum artefact impression her sculptures create. These processes, such as stitching, crochet and applying adobe are time consuming and add a meditative quality to her work.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016               Objects for an Unknown Future Museum, Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney

2016               Natural History: Lake Mokoan, Benalla Regional Gallery

2014               Precipice, Gallery Smith Project Space, Melbourne

2014               Venerated Remains, Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney

2013               Precipice, ANCA

2012               Artefacts and Specimens, ANU School of Art Gallery

2010               Artefacts: Lake Mokoan, ANU Foyer Gallery

 

AWARDS

2007               ANU Student Drawing Prize

2006               Meroogal Women’s Art Award, NS

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016               The Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse

2015               Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre

2015               Imaginarium, Belconnen Art Centre

2014               Goulburn Art Award, Goulburn Regional Gallery

2014               Works on Paper, Stanley Street Gallery

2013               Momentum: Established and Emerging Women Sculptors, Belconnen Arts Centre

2012               Deakin University Small Sculpture Award

2012               Hidden: A Rookwood Sculpture Walk

 

PUBLICATIONS

Objects for an Unknown Future Museum Kim Mahood, Quarterly essay Garland Magazine issue 3, July 2016

Sally Simpson: Precipice Kim Mahood, Art Monthly October 2013

Standing on the Edge Kerry-Anne Cousins, Canberra Times 13 August 2013