Materials : Cast drift wood, bones and objects. 50 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm.
Sally : "Dream or Nightmare is an autobiographical work of an immunocompromised medical doctor and artist shielded from society during the pandemic of COVID 19. The work reflects the experience of mixed identity as both observer and participant, as medical practitioner and patient living in social isolation.
The work is highly personal, just as the artist has had to rebuild herself piece by piece so the sculpture has evolved by using repeated metaphorical objects that relate to the pandemic. Human femurs reference human mortality and are combined with driftwood. Although both different, they are both vestigial remains and rendered to look like bone- is it bone or is it driftwood ?
Driftwood is symbolic of feeling beached (stranded) and like the virus returns in waves. When viewed, the contextual links are re-assembled to reveal a hidden narrative. The doll-like faces represent feeling depersonalised by the experience of isolation, the hands the inability to embrace, and the bats the vector of Covid 19 invade the sculpture.
The work is bound by bandages symbolic of healing, a reference to the artists medical past and mixed identity as a patient. They also allude to Florence Nightingale and the UK's Nightingale hospitals. The work also has a mixed identity, although deliberately decorative it reveals the darker aspects of the pandemic , creating dissonance. The sum becomes something like a surreal optical puzzle, oscillating between dream and nightmare."
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.