Sally Smith’s environmental art features delicate, ethereal sculptures illustrating the simple and fragile beauty of the natural world.
“Round, like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel, never ending or beginning…” goes the song. This has set us thinking about the prevailing use of circles and spirals in art works included in what has been agreed to call Land Art, as is the case – among others – of Andy Goldsworthy, already featured in our blog. And, yet, we are suddenly struck by the fact that we find it quite natural. After all, Land Art deals with Nature and a mere glance around us reveals how far circles and spirals are basic elements in Nature.
Using raw materials directly collected from Nature, Sally Smith creates ephemeral sculptures illustrating the simple beauty of the natural world she so much cherishes. Impermanent as they are, she photographs her sculptures once they are finished and leaves them in place to follow their course and eventually melt back into Nature. Flowers, stones, leaves and ice are Sally Smith’s media, which she handles with the talent and dedication that other artists put into their paint or clay.
The result is fascinating ephemeral art works which, in their thorough harmony with their surroundings, touch viewers for their simplicity and flimsiness and may raise awareness to the fragility of this world which is “like an apple whirling silently in space”.