Sally Mckay

 The moving figure, rhythm and energy are central to Sally’s practice, she focuses on live performance and training, in particular contemporary dance and boxing as her stimulus. Through drawing active figures from life, she wishes to capture the essence of fleeting moments of movement.

The drawings are a starting point in her printmaking. Sally is interested in somatic movement, the dancers and boxers internal sensations rather than the external observation of movement by the audience. Rather than use a hard or soft ground to create the etchings she favors the spontaneity and alchemy of directly painting onto zinc jet plate using sugar lift, with aquatint and sometimes spit-bite.

Sally holds an MA Fine Art, from City & Guilds of London Art School, she is a Goldsmiths alumni graduating with an honors degree in Fine Art & Dance and Post Graduate Diploma in Printmaking.

Sally won the John Purcell Paper prize at ROSL, London, in 2018. Sally’s etchings are in the V&A and Scarborough Museum Print Archives and in collections of dance companies in New York and London. Author Stephen Baycroft devotes a chapter to Sally’s work in his book On Sublimity and Synaesthesia.