Sally Smart is one of Australia's significant contemporary artists with a practice that engages identity politics: ideas relating to the body; the home and history. Smart is recognized internationally for producing stunning, large-scale cut-out assemblage installations made from felt, canvas, silk- screened and everyday fabrics that she constructs with pins. Smart is a process-oriented artist, often presenting narratives that characteristically subvert gender hierarchies through deconstruction and reconstruction of historical events and political associations with the traditional activities of women. Her work identifies with the art practices of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, and reflects a long engagement with avant-garde modernist women artists such as Sonia Delaunay, Hannah Hoch, Lyubov Popova, and Sophie Taeuber, all exponents of work with performance, collage and textiles and a lineage of practice she shares.
Sally Smart exhibits regularly throughout the world and in 2016 had three international exhibitions: The highly successful two person exhibition with Entang Wiharso Conversation : Endless Acts in Human History at the Galeri Nasional of Indonesia in Jakarta; her fourth solo exhibition The Choreography of Cutting with Postmasters Gallery in New York and the immersive The Exquisite Pirate installation commissioned by the Singapore Art Museum for their 20th anniversary exhibition Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas.