Sally Simpson has made ‘artefacts’ and ‘specimens’ in response to sites undergoing change. Her artworks are recordings of the interaction between humans and the land at a particular point in history. The Lake Mokoan Series utilises both manufactured and natural materials collected on site. Part of a former irrigation scheme, Lake Mokoan is now in the process of being converted to the Winton Wetlands.
The materials employed in Simpson’s sculptures, including discarded irrigation pipe, lace and fish bones, reflect the fragility of this environment in flux. Her drawings of mummified fish found at the lake suggest the provisional nature of survival in a changing environment.
Sally Simpson’s work reflects her fascination with the way values and meaning assigned to land change over time, according to point of view, culture and situation. She uses unexpected methods to transform natural and man-made materials found at particular sites, creating sculptures that evoke artefacts and specimens and drawings that reflect the fragility of the environment. The purpose of these objects is to record the interaction between humans and the land at a particular point in history, as if for a future museum.
Image: Sally Simpson, Venerated remains (installation view). Courtesy of the artist.