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Sally Smart’s Staging the Studio

12 Oct 2017

Sally Smart’s Staging the Studio Image

By Chelsea Cucinotta

Renowned artist and Vice-Chancellor Professorial Fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Sally Smart will explore ideas of art history and practice in her latest exhibition, “Staging the Studio” (The Choreography of Cutting).

For one month only, Smart’s large-scale installations will be on display to celebrate the VCA’s 150-year anniversary of its school of art.

In the exhibition, Smart’s assemblages incorporate mediums like collage, blackboard drawing, textile and video to respond to and refute history.

Central to Smart’s work is the studio setting, which she compares to a space of rehearsal, where she can choreograph her ideas and transform them into artistic installations.

“I move the elements I work with in a choreography of parts. Those manoeuvres are then generally pinned to the gallery wall, a process to find the right placement, whether that means a conceptual or formal conclusion,” Smart said.

Smart’s artistic exploration participates in a discourse on identity and explores the very relationship between the body, thought and culture.

“The body, my body, is part of that action both physically and psychologically,” she said.

Recognised on a national and international scale, Smart’s works have recently been selected by Italian fashion house Marni for a clothing and accessory collaboration.

Smart’s exhibition will run from October 6 to November 4. For more information visit https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/9062-sally-smart-staging-the-studio-the-choreography-of-cutting

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