Sally Hackett primarily works with clay, turning the brains intangible, transient thoughts into tangible objects with the hands. Giving feelings solidity, giving bones to a ghost. Relationships, heartbreak, power, betrayal, self-sabotage and self-worth are depicted in scenes of social disaster, holding dear an unashamed personal honesty. A dark humour is scribbled over each piece as a softening of the difficult and painful subjects the work is dealing with. Humour is used as a healing mechanism. The caricature as a recognisable form. Alongside Sally’s personal work runs a commitment to working with those outside of formal arts education and a belief in the promotion of creativity as a vital human expression. Within her participatory projects, Sally aims to remould the pre-conceptions of the trained and the un-trained artist, often collaborating directly with a broad range of groups.
Sally Hackett is an artist working in Glasgow, graduating with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in 2019 and previously a first class honours from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2012. Sally has collaborated with a wide range of organisations such as GOMA, Project Ability, Hospitalfield, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Panel and Glasgow Royal Hospital for Children. Solo shows have included Naked Since 1480, the Telfer Gallery, Glasgow (2014); and Fun Just Wants to Have Girls, Summerhall, Edinburgh (2014). Recent commissions include A Weakness for Raisins, CCA, Glasgow (2018) From Glasgow Women’s Library (2018) and The Fountain of Youth, Edinburgh Art Festival (2016).