19th Mar – 12th Apr 2014
Sally Simpson’s work reflects her fascination with the way values and meaning assigned to land change over time, according to point of view, culture and situation. She uses unexpected methods to transform natural and man-made materials found at particular sites, creating sculptures that evoke artefacts and specimens and drawings that reflect the fragility of the environment. The purpose of these objects is to record the interaction between humans and the land at a particular point in history, as if for a future museum
Sally Simpson has made ‘artefacts’ and ‘specimens’ in response to sites undergoing change. Her artworks are recordings of the interaction between humans and the land at a particular point in history. The Lake Mokoan Series utilizes both man-made and natural materials collected on site at the lake. Lake Mokoan is a man-made lake in the process of being converted by local council into the Winton Wetlands. The materials employed in her sculptures, including discarded irrigation pipe, lace and fish bones, reflect the fragility of this environment in flux. Her drawings of mummified fish found at the lake suggest the provisional nature of survival in a changing environment.
The intention of these works is to record the contemporary use of land in a time of changing values and meanings, as if for a future museum. This process draws on the tradition of humans making sense of the natural world through by making artefacts and drawings with local materials.
Sally Simpson began her studies at the South Australian School of Art in 1982 and completed the BA at the College of Fine Arts Sydney (DAtE). She was the recipient of the Meroogal Women’s Art Award in 2006 and the ANU Student Drawing Prize in 2007.
Her Master of Philosophy in Practice-Led research in Sculpture at ANU School of Art was informed by materials and influences from her life on a small farm near Berry, New South Wales and participation in Contested Landscapes (2010), a field studies project run by the Environment Studio at ANU, focusing on Lake Mokoan near Benalla, Victoria. She currently lives on land near Canberra.