Materials : Cast drift wood, bones and objects. 47 cm x 47 cm x 47 cm
Sally : "Beached reflects the experience of feeling depersonalised as an immunocompromised and medically shielded artist during the COVID19 pandemic Cast driftwood symbolises feeling beached, stranded at home and the combined objects relate to this autobiographical experience.
Driftwood (like the virus) returns in waves. Fragmented doll parts represent the depersonalisation of being removed from society and the lack of agency of being told to stay inside and feeling puppet-like. Cast hands and arms reference washing hands to prevent COVID-19 and the inability to shake hands and embrace. Femurs represent mortality and the commonality of our human fragility during this current pandemic.
The sculpture is held together by bloody bandages a reference to Florence Nightingale, the UK's National Health Service (NHS) and the new Nightingale hospitals. The driftwood is arranged in a form resembling COVID-19 and rendered to look meat-like a reference to the wet markets where COVID19 allegedly originated.
COVID19 is often artificially coloured red in electron microscope images but is also symbolic of danger. The entire sculpture is invaded by bats, the supposed vector. The work is deliberately decorative and reveals the darker aspects of the pandemic, creating dissonance."
Sally de Courcy qualified in 2016 from the University of Creative Arts, Farnham with a first class honours degree, scholarship and masters with distinction in Fine Art. She is interested in repetition of cast objects and works in different mediums including bronze. The objects are re-assembled to reveal a narrative.
Her medical experience of working with refugees is reflected in her work, which often stands for those who are treated as less than human. The philosophical reasons for repetition of violence through history explored by Butler and Zizek have influenced her, together with artists Doris Salcedo, Ai Weiwei and Mona Hatoum who transcend their autobiographical experiences to comment on thematic human issues. Recently her work concerns humanitarian aspects of the COVID19 pandemic.
Sally is a member of IAVA, International Association of Visual Artists and Continuum. She has had publications most recently in Flux Review Magazine and has won awards. She has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally most recently with Transcultural Exchange, Boston and The Borders Exhibition in the Contemporary Artspace, Palazzo Albrizzi- Capello, Venice and the Ty Pawb Open, Wrexham. Sally has future exhibitions in 2020 and 2021 planned in London. Sally lives in Woking, UK.