Visual Artist and Co-Director of AirSpace Projects
Informed by a background in both social sciences and visual arts, Sally Clarke's practice critiques the hierarchical and, in particular, gendered constructions of space and the way spaces, materials, and bodies become defined from one another through the attribution of visual, social and cultural codes. Clarke engages with the way power, and the desire for it, drives such divisions and how this plays out in artistic representations and the cultural contexts from which they emerge. Her works explore how these types of relationships can be re-imagined.
Much of Clarke's work has been preoccupied with material and visual significations of domestic space and all that entails. She explores how low-status materials, forms and representations can take their position among very public and dominant discourses including high modernism, the master narratives of landscape painting and contemporary conceptual art through media such as paint, plasticine and floor vinyl and formats that range from two-dimensional surfaces to installation.
Clarke completed her PhD in Philosophy (Fine Arts) in 2008 and, after fourteen years of working as an academic at the College of Fine Arts UNSW, Sydney, established AirSpace Projects with artist and designer Brenda Factor in 2014. AirSpace Projects forms part of her artistic project and is housed in a Marrickville warehouse that contains four galleries, a
workshop/seminar area and an outdoor residency project space. The gallery's blog can be viewed by clicking on the link above.
Snake Chalmer 2, 2016, plasticine, 400 x 30cm, installed in Drawing Conversations, National Art School. Other works: Brent Hallard (L), Margaret Roberts (M) and Cigdem Aydemir (R). Image: Margaret Roberts.
Sally Clarke, She Bush (installation view, AirSpace Projects), 2015. Image: Fiona Susanto.
Sally Clarke, The Bush Incantation (detail), 2015, plasticine, 275 x 385cm. Image: Fiona Susanto.
Sally Clarke, Big Cow 2, 2014, plasticine on wall, 130 x 130cm. Image: Luminere Imaging.
Sally Clarke, Snake Charmer (detail), 2014, plasticine and glass, 250 x 130cm. Image: Luminere Imaging.
Sally Clarke, Break Down (installation view, Factory 49), 2013. Image: Luminere Imaging.
Sally Clarke, Loose Trousers, 2008, acrylic paint on canvas, 122 x 277cm. Image: Mixed Media Photographic Studios.
Sally Clarke, My Pink Bush and the Lost Limb, 2004, acrylic paint on plastic coated paper, 44 x 31cm. Image: Mixed Media Photographic Imaging.
Sally Clarke, Floors and Wars, 2004-2010, vinyl, 205 x 205cm. Image: Mixed Media Photographic Studios.
Sally Clarke and Brenda Factor, Figs in Space installed at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 2002, mixed media, each leaf 450 x 320 x 100cm (inflated). Image: Brenton McGeachie.
Sally Clarke, Wall Skin IV, 1998, mixed media on MDF, 35 x 30cm. Image: Lachlan Warner.
Sally Clarke, Wallflowers, 1997, mixed media, 240 x 240cm. Photo: Sue Blackburn.