I am a London based artist who works across media using historical photographic techniques , performance, video installation and painting , independently and collaboratively. London is important to me as an artist as I find the history and the alternative theatrical culture of the city a source of inspiration and a platform for my work.
My interest in the imagery of the unconscious began at Central St Martin’s College of Art, where I was drawn to the Jungian idea of The Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious and made photographic work about the ‘unconscious ‘ of London poetically represented by its buried rivers . At Chelsea College of Art I have been working on a narrative surrounding my alter-ego ,‘The Countess of Corsetshire’ informed by the work of Ty Jeffries and his drag alter-ego ‘Miss Hope Springs’. ‘The Countess of Corsetshire’ emerged through performance and painting using the theatrical traditions of drag , making her stage debut at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern in November 2017. Her persona drew on the dreamlike characters and the magical imagery of fairytales that seem everywhere expressed in the otherworld of drag culture, and are a consistent source of interest to me in my work. These are revealed in my ‘Through the Looking Glass’ video projections which include the afterlife, (as the Countess sadly dies in March 2018 ) .
As an older woman, I am in the minority in the drag world but through this subversive theatre form I can become subversively enormous, colourful, rude and silly as ‘The Countess’ in contrast to my increasing invisibility in my well ordered everyday life. This places my work in the political arena by questioning the position of older women in society.
Through the process of creating ‘The Countess’ I have become interested in the way that artists work from a position of ‘not knowing’ where they are heading . This approach informs a collaborative schools project I am currently leading which aims to provides a balance to the restrictions and compliance demanded by the national curriculum, and therefore again, makes a political statement.
Lives and works in London
Current MA Fine Art Chelsea College of Art, London
2000-2006 BA Fine Art Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London
‘Texas/London’ Sally Shrubsall and Jane Cornish-Smith , Malthouse Gallery, Dorset.
‘Vaudevillians’ G115ERY , London
‘Sally Shrubsall and Nina Carter’, London
Untitled Installation by Sally Shrubsall Hix Fish and Oyster House, Dorset
Sally Shrubsall and Denise Franklin, Grove gallery, London
‘Poetics of Place’ Sally Shrubsall and Wendy Verrier, Diesel House Gallery, London
Selected Group Exhibitions
Transitional Show MA part time students. Triangle Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, London
Drag Graduation Showcase, (Performance), Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London
‘Please Yourself’ Ilana Blumberg, Emma Hunter, Rosalind Faram, Amy Robson MAFA Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, London
Game Show (Performance) Margaret, Robin MAFA Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, London
‘Nasty Women’ Amy Robson, Kate Lowe, Rosalind Faram, Nell Lhunn MAFA Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, London.
Collective show, Malthouse Gallery, Dorset
‘Made at Kew’ collective show, Kew Bridge Steam Museum,London
Collective Exhibition, Malthouse Gallery, Dorset
‘Made at Kew’ collective show, Kew Bridge Steam Museum
Collective exhibition, Malthouse gallery, Dorset
‘New’ Diesel House Gallery, London
‘Lucid’ Diesel House Gallery, London
Collective show (curator and artist) Osterley Park Gallery , London
New Artists exhibition The Forest Gallery, Guildford
Degree Show Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London
‘Look Again’ Gallery and Art Wall Waterstones Piccadilly bookstore
Leader of St John’s Primary School and Chelsea College of Art collaboration. Artists weekly workshops led by Sally Shrubsall ,Denzel Wachoupe and Ian Barrington.