The Exquisite Pirate
Sally SmartPresented in Season 1 2007
Presented by Arts House
6pm – 8pm, Fri 25 May
12pm – 5pm, Sat 26 May
12pm – 5pm, Sun 27 May
Meat Market – Studio B
7 Blackwood St,
Sally Smart’s current series is titled The Exquisite Pirate, widely exhibited in 2006 including: a solo exhibition in New York with Postmasters Gallery; in 2006 Contemporary Commonwealth at the NGV Melbourne; in Dangerous Waters, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and in El Pirata Esquisto, Jacob Karpio Galeria, San Jose, Costa Rica.
The Exquisite Pirate work has developed from Sally Smart’s interest in representation of feminine identity. It brings forth the woman pirate as a metaphor for contemporary global issues of personal and social identity, cultural instability, immigration and hybridity. Smart reflects on the symbolism of the ship and it’s relevance to postcolonial discourse.
Her work places a practical and theoretical emphasis on the installation space, on mutable forms and methodologies of deconstruction and reconstruction. The choice of materials is integral to the conceptual unfolding of her work: the process of cutting, collage, photo-montage, staining, sewing and stitching.
Image by – Sally Smart