Name: Sally Walk
Country represented: Australia
Personal web site: www.sallywalk.com
1st Award Ceramic Art – X Florence Biennale 2015
Born in Caulfield (Melbourne), Sally Walk has a Bachelor of Art in Ceramic Design, and a Master’s Degree in Visual Art (sculpture). She has been working in clay for over 25 years, during which she has exhibited her work and attended ceramic symposiums in France, China, Japan, India, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia and Italy. In 2013 she received an honourable mention for Ceramics at the Cheongju International Biennale in South Korea.
Fascinated by form and texture, Sally Walk focuses on sculptural work using porcelain and stoneware clays. She is interested in human nature and, more particularly, in facades and the fear that is generated in human beings by the way someone looks or dresses. Also, she explores prejudice and how we pass it on to our children. These negative aspects of human nature manifest themselves in her work as spikes, spots, carving and heavy texture. In the stoneware sculptures that she presented at the Florence Biennale in 2015 she has used repetition and highly decorated surfaces to crate a tension between simple colour-schemes and flamboyant creature-like forms: for those works she obtained the ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ Award for ceramics.
What characterises your artistic production as far as materials and techniques, or firing are concerned?
My work is completed without detailed sketching. Visually, I absorb stimulating forms, shapes and textures to use in my work. I sketch three dimensionally, by physically making my ideas and using these to inform my larger works. I use a porcelain/stoneware clay that offers a fine texture to allow for intricate carving and textural additions.
How was your experience at the Florence Biennale?
The Florence Biennale was a wonderful experience. To have my work shown on a global platform was a fantastic motivation for me to continue to exceed my current practice. I have made some wonderful new friendships and experienced some outstanding artworks first hand in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.