Sally McKay

“Drawing grounds me.”

“I draw in response to activity, focusing on live performance.

Dancers are my stimulus, I draw while they rehearse and perform, transcribing motion and stillness, balance and falling, solitude and chaos, into a series of marks on paper. The drawings are in the present, an immediate and direct reaction to the rhythmic movement.”

“The drawings inform the paintings, etchings and life size wire sculpture, created in the studio while the memory of the movement is still strong.”    

Central to Sally’s artists practice are the moving figure, rhythm and energy, focusing on live performance, in particular dance as her stimulus. A Fine Art and Dance graduate of Goldsmiths College, Sally spent over a decade working as a designer in film and publishing before returning to work as a visual artist and taking an MA in Fine Art at the City & Guilds of London Art School in 2002.

Since then Sally has worked with many award winning choreographers and dance companies drawing during rehearsals and using the drawings to inform her etching, painting, and life size wire sculpture. Drawing is at the core of her work. Sally is Resident Artist at Greenwich Dance, she exhibits regularly across the UK including annual Open Studio exhibitions at her studio overlooking the River Thames at Thames-Side Studios.