Born in 1968 Sally Smith lives on Waiheke Island where she works from her studio creating her artwork. Having practiced architecture for twenty years, she is now focusing solely on her art and exploring new ideas. Her work celebrates the flora and fauna of New Zealand in all its strength and fragility and aims to provoke thought about how we must value these things for generations to come.
Sally creates wall-mounted sculptures in bronze and aluminum which are then finished in a green / blue or black patina. Once mounted on the wall, deep shadows are created giving a dramatic three dimensional effect. This is particularly effective when a sculpture consists of a large flock of birds or school of fish, giving the work a sense of depth and movement. In these stunning group arrangements the shapes of the particular species are simplified, emphasizing their beauty and continuity of form en masse. A fine geometry can also be found in Sally’s single sculptures which may magnify one of our smaller life forms, such as a kina shell or a bee. Instantly recognizable through faithful detail, the artist has mastered a subtle abstraction that draws attention to the underlying patterns in our extraordinary natural world.