Sally is an artist-curator who works in and around Derbyshire with friends and strangers alike. She sets up shop anywhere and everywhere to create pieces of art that reflect that specific situation and capture those rare moments we usually all but miss. Rob met up with Sally to find out more.
HM: Hi Sally, what is it you do?
SL: I work collaboratively, addressing social issues by setting up encounters for specific situations in public spaces. I make temporary relationships with diverse people in their own locality - shared experiences of art as process, art as traces, art as an intervention. By setting up a thinking space where least expected, I give people the opportunity to look afresh at their own space, to consider and reflect on their everyday experiences, stories and moments. Modes of exchange, value and status are threads that have been consistently through my work. I look from different perspectives, notice the everyday out of place, can spot the less obvious and the surreal and am intrigued by voices from the immediate and distant past where historical fact and storytelling intertwine.
HM: What is 45poundplus?
SL: My Dad has painted watercolours all his life and usually sells them for less than £45. Who is to say that his work is only worth £45 and someone else's is worth £45m?
HM: What projects have you been involved with up until now?
SL: Many and varied- have a look on my website and blogs.
HM: Which has been your favourite and why?
SL: They are all different and important for different reasons so I'll tell you about the most recent instead. I worked on the Cargoes project and spent 2 days at the Leicester Riverside Festival asking people to create an imagination about the link between a fictitional person and an everyday object . They recorded their stories using dip pens and ink. Many were collaborations between family or friends; all are beautiful and poignant.
HM: How would you describe your style and who or what are your main influences?
SL: I'm not sure what you mean about style. I respond to situations and issues and the resulting work reflects that. Also, because my work is collaborative, I am only one element in it.
HM: You say on your site you get involved in public places? How does that work compared to a studio and how do the public react?
SL: My studio is a repository for resources, equipment and thoughts. But I also have thinking spaces on trains, buses walking and during conversations.
HM: Would you advise other artists to use public places?
SL: It isn't for me to advise others- artists work where they are most comfortable, or sometimes where they are not.
HM: Have you any up and coming events for us to see your work?
SL: On 30 June I am collaborating with a whole bunch of artists some of whom I have never met. We are creating a travelling arts festival as a protest that the Olympic Torch Relay is avoiding our borough. Check it out on flamingskirtfestival.blogspot.co.uk
HM: How are you feeling about it?
You can find out more by nipping over to the below sites.
Or you can check out the last project Sally was part of here