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Sally Garrett is a visual artist working within a craft and material context. She is interested in the relationship between dancer and fine artist, both working with elements of skill, discipline and repetition to create a visual narrative.
Observing and sketching dancers during rehearsals, research is translated to canvas or further developed by making objects which evokes a sense of memory and embodied presence.
For some, ballet shoes are seen as treasured objects, both for dancer and observer, movement and repetition of steps can create a magical elevation which becomes the vehicle for an imaginary realm, a presence of absence.
With an established background in textiles, Sally returned to study 3D Design and Craft at University of Brighton, Graduating with a Masters in 2017. Exploring her passion for dance, taking inspiration from choreography and the poetics of a dancer’s practice, she attended drawing events at Sadlers Wells London with English National Ballet. Inspired by the timeless design and form of the ballet shoe, led to a ‘behind the scenes’ visit to Freed's of London, the Makers of the ballet shoe.
The sculptural quality of porcelain paper clay is the chosen material to recreate the form of the shoe. Applying hand to materials, each piece is softly moulded over a worn ballet shoe and then assembled, like the sewing of a garment. Textural, intuitive marks are coloured, bisqued and glazed at stoneware temperature. A rich vocabulary of cloth and stitch reveals a beauty and sensitivity to each piece.
Developmental work with Archive at Rambert Dance, London's South Bank, culminated in Sally exhibiting a display of porcelain shoes and textiles at Rambert, London in February 2017.
Sally continues to attend events with Rambert at ‘The Playground’ a space for contemporary artists to explore choreography, movement and improvisation. Her research continues with gestural sculptural pieces which resonate in precious objects.