• Sally Rumball

    Sally Rumball
    • Artist Statement
      • Over several years, my work has explored the history of human/animal relationships, issues of animal cruelty, and more recently the damage excessive consumerism is inflicting on nature. As my vision has become more concentrated, I'm am considering the position I hold as an animal advocate, and the origin thereof. I am exploring childhood, memories, loss, relevance, consequence, messages and secrets. I express these concerns through the use of spontaneous mark-making, contemplative realism, layering with found objects, mixed-media, collage, and assemblage.
    • Biography
      • Participation in art competitions:
        September 2012: Sasol New Signatures; 71 selected artists; Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria: Chair:Bones Male  & Chair:Bones Female (2011, found objects, chairs, animal bones, 1030x440x390mm & 850x430x1230mm)

        September 2011: Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards; 72 selected artists; Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre, Kempton Park; Homage to Bubby (2011, digital photographic print, 450x300mm)

        September 2010: Make a Difference, HIV Aids Poster Competition; University of Johannesburg, FADA Gallery; 2nd Prize for A3 poster Hangman (2010, designed in Adobe Illustrator, 420x290mm)

        July 2010: Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards; 63 selected artists; Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre, Kempton Park; Bib (2009, aquatint and colour etching on paper, 190x297mm)

        July 2009: Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards; 76 selected artists; Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre, Kempton Park; I Am Jack’s Liver (2009, cement sculpture, 500x120x320mm)

        July 2009: Standard Bank New Members Exhibition; Standard Bank Gallery, JHB; Competition winner for ‘wild card’ artist search; Scorpion (2008, playing card sculpture, 1000x1000x500mm)

        Bursary and awards:
        2011:
        National Research Foundation Bursary
        National Arts Council Bursary
        University of Johannesburg, merit bursary
        2010:
        University of Johannesburg, merit bursary
        2008:
        University of Johannesburg, First Year Top Achiever Award and part-bursary

        Selected exhibitions:

        December 2012:New Voices; Artspace Gallery, Rosebank; Chair:Bones Male & Chair:Bones Female (2011, found objects, chairs, animal bones, 1030x440x390mm & 850x430x1230mm)

        October 2012: This Place/Displace; Kingsway Gallery, University of Johannesburg; I am Home (2012, found objects, 60x40x15cm)

        August 2012: Pointure; curated by Annmarie Tully & Jennifer Kopping; Kingsway Gallery, University of Johannesburg; Livestock (2012, found objects, 2000x150x50mm)

        March 2012: Jan Cilliers Art Exhibition; curated by Artspace Gallery; Jan Cilliers School, Parkview, JHB; Below the Surface: Flower; Flowers II; Sun; Heart (2011, drawing, acrylic, ink, mixed media, electrical circuit board, 230mm dia each)

        December 2011/ January 2012: 360° Johannesburg; Artspace Gallery, Rosebank, JHB; Below the Surface:  Flower; Flowers II; Sun; Heart (2011, drawing, acrylic, ink, mixed media, electrical circuit board, 230mm dia each)

        July – November 2011: Altered Pieces: Songs of Leonard Cohen; curated by Gordon Froud; (1)Thompson Gallery, Melville; (2)Pandora Gallery, Pretoria; (3)Aardklop, Potchefstroom (4)Cape Town; The Ballad of the Absent Mare (2011, ink, charcoal, acrylic on wooden altar, 600x600mm)

        September 2011: Johannesburg Art Fair Fringe, Braamfontein; 0429 Hsi Chiao (2010, acrylic on canvas, 600x400mm)

        June 2011: More is More; co-curated with Gordon Froud and Chivonne Naude; FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg; Icon (2009, drypoint on Fabriano, 420x300mm)

        December 2010 – January 2011: Oppitafel; Artspace Gallery – Warehouse Space, Fairlands, JHB; 0429 Hsi Chiao (2010, acrylic on canvas, 600x400mm)

        December 2010 – January 2011: Rhino Poaching Awareness exhibition; Pretoria National Zoological Gardens; Life Expectancy 40 Years (2010, charcoal, pencil, acrylic on Fabriano, 1200x1000mm)

        July 2010: Towers of Brixton; curated by Elzabe Zietsman; Zietsies, Brixton, JHB; black & white photography series (2010)

        June – July 2010: A Sense of Place; co-curated with 3rd Year Fine Art students; Red Line Gallery, Kensington, JHB; various works (2008-2010)

        March 2010: Jan Cilliers Centenary Art Exhibition; curated by Artspace Gallery; Jan Cilliers School, Parkview, JHB; Homage to Gainsborough (2009, acrylic on canvas, 610x510mm)

        December 2009 – January 2010: Babette’s Feast; Artspace Gallery – Warehouse Space, Fairlands, JHB; Homage to Gainsborough(2009, acrylic on canvas, 610x510mm)



    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        There is a relatively new interest in ‘green’ issues and the use of recyclable materials and garbage in art.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Dumile Feni. His drawing style is robust, and yet so sensitive and accessible. He creates literal and metaphorical studies of his troubled life.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

        Every single Diane Victor exhibition that I go to moves me.

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?

        The genius of nature and the destruction of nature.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?

        I burn incense, listen to music, drink tea.

        What do you like most about being an artist?
        I know I am on my correct path.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
        I go outside, walk barefoot on the grass, meditate, listen to music, flick through art books, magazines and websites.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

        Being selected for the 2012 Sasol New Signatures exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum in September, with my pieces Chair:Bones? and Chair:Bones?.

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?

        Yes I do. There is an overwhelming amount of animal cruelty that happens behind closed doors and clever marketing, which I believe intelligent consumers are entitled to see. I strive to share this information through my work.


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  • Balance - Photography by Sally Rumball SALLY RUMBALL
    Balance
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  • Potential - Photography by Sally Rumball SALLY RUMBALL
    Potential
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  • Calm - Photography by Sally Rumball SALLY RUMBALL
    Calm
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  • Process  - Photography by Sally Rumball SALLY RUMBALL
    Process
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  • Self - Photography by Sally Rumball SALLY RUMBALL
    Self
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  • Transformation  - Photography by Sally Rumball SALLY RUMBALL
    Transformation
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  • Instinct - Photography by Sally Rumball SALLY RUMBALL
    Instinct
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  • Purpose  - Photography by Sally Rumball SALLY RUMBALL
    Purpose
    Photography, W:59 x H:42 cm
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  • Of Natural Causes: Witch Donkey - Black & White Photography by Sally Rumball SALLY RUMBALL
    Of Natural Causes: Witch Donkey
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  • Of Natural Causes: Snake In The Grass - Black & White Photography by Sally Rumball SALLY RUMBALL
    Of Natural Causes: Snake In The Grass
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  • Of Natural Causes: Bicycle Petals - Black & White Photography by Sally Rumball SALLY RUMBALL
    Of Natural Causes: Bicycle Petals
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  • Of Natural Causes: Rolling Bones - Black & White Photography by Sally Rumball SALLY RUMBALL
    Of Natural Causes: Rolling Bones
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  • Celestial Gods: Saturn - Painting by Sally Rumball
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    Celestial Gods: Saturn
    Painting, W:17 x H:17 cm
  • Celestial Gods: Earth - Painting by Sally Rumball
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    Celestial Gods: Earth
    Painting, W:17 x H:17 cm
  • The Mother - Mixed Media by Sally Rumball
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    The Mother
    Mixed Media, W:21 x H:29 cm
  • The Maid - Mixed Media by Sally Rumball
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    The Maid
    Mixed Media, W:21 x H:30 cm
  • The Crone - Mixed Media by Sally Rumball
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    The Crone
    Mixed Media, W:21 x H:30 cm
  • Martha - Painting by Sally Rumball
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    Martha
    Painting, W:30 x H:30 cm
  • Geoffrey - Painting by Sally Rumball
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    Geoffrey
    Painting, W:30 x H:30 cm
  • Out Of Africa - Drawing by Sally Rumball
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    Out Of Africa
    Drawing, W:300 x H:73 cm
  • Almost Perfect - Drawing by Sally Rumball
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    Almost Perfect
    Drawing, W:151 x H:95 cm