Sally Smart – In Her Shoes

Sally Smart's In Her Nature

At first glance you might find Sally Smart’s large-scale artworks and wall tableaux soft and pretty with layers and layers of baby pinks and velvet greens, but take a closer look and what you’ll see are faceless women, pointing into the distance or hanging from trees; and giant spiders that could be haunting them. On two separate works are the broken up words political and animal, and particularly eye-catching is a large canvas bug resembling a skull. Smart has had exhibitions all over the world including New York, Madrid and Shanghai. The South Australian-born artist has used, “synthetic polymer paint on canvas and fabric, oil pastel on velvet, paper and other collage elements” and she was influenced by the traditional activities of women including sewing and stitching. If you have a spare $40,000 or so, one of these artworks would be perfect as a funky but thought-provoking wall feature.

Published in Sydney City News online and in print on February 27, 2011

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