Sally Smith


Sally Smith

What inspires your art practice?
Having practiced as an architect for 20 years prior to working fulltime as an artist I find a fascination in how artwork/ sculpture inhabits a space and I celebrate frameless work such as wall installations and sculpture. Much of my work is influenced by the natural environment and the challenges it faces on my island of Waiheke, while the whakapapa of my children and time spent involved with building our local marae sees me exploring how traditional Māori practices translate off the marae and into our homes on a daily basis.

What materials do you work in?
I work in bronze, timber, and metal.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Rau Tapu or Sacred Greenery references the last offering placed in peace during the final stage of the wero (formal challenge) during the pōwhiri (welcome protocol) to indicate to the visitors that they may enter the marae or home they are visiting.

It talks of welcoming our visitors to our home in peace while also reminding them to use their manners and to be respectful as well.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Toi Gallery on Waiheke Island.

Where did you study?
The University of Auckland

Sculptures by Sally Smith

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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