Sally Barker

Sally Barker

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Mother and Child, 2020
Archival pigment print on Canson, Infinity Platine, Fibre Rag 310g paper 
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 centimeters)
Edition of 25

© Sally Barker, 2020.

Sally Barker studied at Hull College of Art and Manchester Polytechnic. She has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally, in both outdoor locations such as the top of the fells of the Lake District and in galleries including Tate Modern in 2002. She has carried out numerous residencies and commissions and has taught extensively in many Further and Higher Education institutions, museums and galleries and in arts and mental health. She has been a member of The Yorkshire Sculptors Group since 2017 and is now based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, where she lives and works.

Her work focusses mainly on sculpture but also painting, drawing, video and printmaking. Central to her work is the exploration and questioning of systems and forces of control and power, particularly in relation to feminism, patriarchy and the exploitation of the environment- distinct areas that become connected through her practise. Her processes and methods often involve deliberate and extensive deconstruction, breaking down and fracturing as a way of exercising control over symbolic materials. For example, mens’ business suits are forensically taken apart then reconfigured by planting them up, inserting ceramics or messed about with under a microscope. The work often mirrors systems, patterns and structures from the natural environment.