Sally Smith, 2022
Working primarily in bronze and aluminium sculptural forms, Smith’s works explore the space around and through them as much as the material artwork itself
Born in 1968, Smith lives on Waiheke Island. Having graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1993 Smith practiced architecture until 2010 from which point Smith chose to focus solely on her art practice and establish TOI Gallery.
Both with her frameless wall installations which explore the idea of art having no boundaries and inhabiting the edges of architectural spaces through to her freestanding sculptural works that inhabit open spaces in nature.
Smith has a particular interest in raising awareness of the fragility of our environment, native flora and fauna and the role that we can play in ensuring their survival. In addition to this she often explores the tensions that can arise when adapting/applying tikanga māori in both contemporary and traditional settings.
This interest has come about through her work designing Piritahi Marae and project managing the dressing of Kia Piritahi, the fully carved whare whakairo on Piritahi Marae.
Smith exhibits nationally and internationally and is represented in the USA, France and NZ/Aotearoa.
Smith works as a practicing artist alongside curating and art project management as well with her work held in both public and private collections internationally.