Sally Smart | Choreographing Collage

22 February – 23 March 2013

Sally Smart, Choreographing Collage, 2013, (detail view), synthetic polymer paint, ink on velvet cotton and various collage elements, video, steel, cotton string, rope, cardboard, pins, photographs, chalk, pastel, glue, all on canvas canvas, 332 x 1,150 cm

The inclusion of animation, film and puppetry develop the performative nature of my art practice, this includes the physical movement, placement and assemblage of cut out elements in space and the conceptual feminist framework in which I work. I’ve wanted to do my cut out work in a way that moves…what made me interested in choreography and dance is thinking about representing movement through drawing … and I thought how can I visualise that in my work …   Sally Smart

Sally Smart recently returned to Australia from the University of Connecticut as their Department of Art and Art History’s 2012 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Artist-in-Residence, where she began a new body of work titled The Pedagogical Puppet this includes her exploration with time-based media and performance. While on campus, Smart worked with the University of Connecticut's world-renowned Puppetry Arts Program and Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry. Smart is also a recipient of an Australia Council Fellowship.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria: