BSSC Studio Arts students had the opportunity to research first hand this morning when they attended a presentation by renowned Australian artist Sally Smart. As part of their course work, students must research two artists from different historical and cultural contexts, and Sally Smart is one of the artists they can choose to study.

The session, held at the La Trobe Art Institute, was a wonderful opportunity for them to meet the artist, hear her speak about her work, and see a slide presentation outlining her 20+ year art practice.

Sally Smart (b.1960) is one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists recognised internationally for producing stunning, large-scale cut-out assemblage installations and increasingly, performance and video. Her practice engages identity politics and the relationships between the body, thought and culture including trans-national ideas that have shaped cultural history.