Casting with bras

Shebang is a multi bra plaster cast, created by stitching many bras together to form the mould. The tiny “flower bud” forms are partially glazed ceramic – the clay has been rolled into bras to capture the texture. Through the casting process, some parts of the sculpture that are less supported have come out puckered, … Read more

Casting Mens Suit Pockets

Mens’ business suit pockets are cast in plaster of paris. The hidden, secretive form of the inside of the pocket is revealed and exposed. Ink has bled and splashed, shreds of embedded material and clinging threads. The larger ones are created by sewing  more suit material to the pocket mould, enlarging, manipulating and extending the … Read more

The Bra Rifle Range – working with bras

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The Bra Rifle Range is an ongoing series of paint-print-drawings. Photos of bras sent to me during the corona virus lockdown are layered, drawn and painted. Please send any photos of bras, vests, sports bras, old/new/knackered- not being worn please! to sally@sallybarker.org to become part of the Bra Rifle Range- a collection of liberated bras … Read more

Sculpture and Printed Work with Bras

Ongoing sculpture and prints using unwanted bras . Working on ideas about ageing and change in women and their bodies, using the bra to represent transformation, real or desired, whether through age, pregnancy , breast feeding, surgery etc. Different bras are placed together inn both prints and casting with plaster to suggest this transformation between … Read more

De-constructing Mens’ Business Suits

This body of work across sculpture , installation, video and performance, looks at gender, power and identity, through my interference with and manipulation of mens’ business suits. The iconic status of the suits and its default attachment to power, is subverted through different forms of deconstruction: cutting and shredding with a scalpel, fraying, picking apart, … Read more

ceramics

ceramic pieces to be inserted into frayed, slashed , stitched mens’ suits- or hold a section of heavily frayed shoulder pad lining that has mascara liberally applied some of these forms are swollen, and bulging. Bruised. Truncated. Hollow inside. white, pink : skin, bone, flesh some are cut, scratched, sliced, bent, buckled some appear as … Read more

mark, print, place

This body of ceramic work looks at the mark we make, our print , more than just a trace, and our relationship to the natural world, our environmental and psychological impact, using the intimate to reflect a global perspective. The red and black  ceramic “fingerprint” work involves thousands of pieces of squeezed clay,  each capturing a fingerprint, a 3D … Read more

We Only Print in Blood Red

glazed ceramic pieces installed on a tree “We Only Print in Blood Red” was a site specific sculptural piece, installed on a tree in Lytham ,as part of Counterpart. The piece explores the complex and often destructive relationship we have with the natural environment. Counterpart involved 12 artists work installed throughout Lytham. The piece is fired and … Read more

breathe, inflate, deflate

An ongoing series of work looking at breathing, exchange of gases, our relationship with trees, destruction of the rainforest. Materials : latex, stone, trees and branches as site and material.  Fossilised tree, created by the volume of material weighing down, creating stone through time.The delicacy and intimacy of latex, made in silky sheets, cut, stitched , stretched … Read more

drawing with trees

this is current work, digital sketches.I have been working with this tree,with its huge bump- it seems both a benign pregnant- like bulge, and a more sinister, tumorous growth. Some of these ideas may become “real”, real painted and manipulated barbed wire swarming out of the belly button type hole in the bulge, real latex … Read more