How the myth of the ‘rural idyll’ is reflected by object, imprint and ephemera?
As an Artist, Printmaker, Teacher and Equestrian, the focus of my work is the interplay of positive and negative, or between one space and another, set within a rural context. The ideas come from my background growing up on a working dairy farm where I viewed the world through the experience of horses, which have since become the prime focus of my work. My auto ethnographic approach has led me to explore the flux that exists between rural idyll and reality; the notion of anti-idyll or rural horror. Rhizomatic thinking and playful bricolage reconstruction provides rich, imaginative and vernacular descriptions that explore and communicate the secret heart of things. I explore ideas around presence, absence, repetition or temporality in the landscape and the relationship between object, imprint and removal which aptly embodies the printmaking process.
Achievements & Experience
2017 – 2020 MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking (Distinction), UWE
• Research Practice (2018):
An exploration of the research methodologies that could support an investigation into how the myth of the ‘rural idyll’ is reflected by object, imprint and ephemera?
• Eaton Fund Award (2020)
• Artist in Residence at the Museum of Rural Life at Waterperry House and Gardens (2019)
1995 Certificate of Education (FE), City of Bath College
1985 - 89 BA (hons) Graphic Design, Bath College of Higher Education
Pending: 2020 Sally Gaden: Hand Made, Waterperry House and Gardens, Waterperry, Oxfordshire
2020 Sally Gaden – Southmead Hospital, Bristol
2019 Sally Gaden – Design Space, University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Cheltenham
2019 Where the Heart is… Sally Gaden and Juliet Duckworth – Wraxall House, Wraxall, Somerset