Through site-specific environmental installations I seek to challenge the predictability of expectations & ‘cultural homogeneity’. My art practice is inspired by the complexities, equilibrium and fragility of the natural environment and by the ways in which our man-made systems work within, or in opposition to, these natural systems. The focus of my practice is the concept of transition, including notions of unpredictability, vulnerability and ephemerality, informed by issues relating to human ecology, cultural displacement, consumption and materialism.
Kidall’s passion for making site-specific environmental installations and showing art works beyond the confines of the gallery lead her to a variety of opportunities to create works in the natural environment, in medieval or industrial buildings.
The exposed cliffs at Scupture by the Sea, Bondi, have provided the international environmental arist with many challenging sites since her inaugural year in 2008, she has gone on to show a further four times and in 2016 recevied NSW Catalyst funding for her ambitious installation 'Nomadic Winds: a journey’s rest'. Earlier that same year Sally created a water based work amongst Auckland’s saltbush for Harbourview Sculpture Trail, New Zealand, and later transformed the Old Lillyfield Road Bridge with her 70m long installation commissioned by Leichhardt Council. The new Sydney Harbour side park at Barangaroo offered a magnificent ex-industrial site for her piece for Sculpture at Barangaroo, in collaboration with Sculpture by the Sea, and she went on to show a performance video screened in the Yatoo Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, Korea at the end of 2016.
In 2015, Sally was the feature artist for 'Step in Stone' creating two vast ephemeral quarry based installations for the Arts Council England funded project in Somerset, UK. In 2014, she was invited to participate in 'Tufi'Arts' Ainnin Symposium, Grand Canaria, Spain. In 2012, she represented Australia in Kiev, Ukraine at the inaugural International Contemporary Sculpture Festival, in collaboration with Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK.
Other recent projects include Sculpture at Scenic World 2017 and 2015, Palmer Sculpture Biennale 2014, UWS Sculpture Awards 2012 and 2014. Sally was also shortlisted for the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, for the Land Art section in 2017; the Cheng Long Wetlands Environmental Art Project 2017, Tawian.
Held annually since 1997, Sculpture by the Sea has transformed a slice of Sydney’s coastline with an exhibition of contemporary sculpture that stretches...