The moving figure, rhythm and energy are central to Sally Mcay’s practice. Focussing on live performance, particularly dance as her stimulus, the artist attempts to capture the essence of fleeting moments of movement through drawing active figures from life.
“I use the drawings as a starting point in my Printmaking practice and as inspiration for my paintings and sculpture. I am interested in somatic movement, the dancers internal sensation rather than the external observation of movement by the audience.”
Rather than using a hard or soft ground to create the etchings, McKay favours the spontaneity and alchemy of directly painting onto zinc jet plate using sugar lift, with aquatint and sometimes spit-bite.
Sally McKay studied Art & Contemporary Dance at Goldsmiths and subsequently gained a Master of Fine Art, from City & Guilds of London Art School in 2002.