Surrounded by animals on the family farm and fascinated by her father’s veterinary and animal anatomy books, Sally Matthews grew up with a strong sense of the importance of the individual animal.
Her work includes ‘Boars’ for Grizedale Forest, ‘European bison’ for Bialowieza, Poland, ‘Welsh mountain pony’ for the Welsh Assembly and, recently, a lynx for a rock outcrop in Norway. In as much as an artist’s work can, the work of Sally Matthews allows the animals to speak for themselves.
Animals are our evolutionary companions, whether we like it or not: the key to our instinctive truth. The further we move away from them and the nature that sustains them, the more contrived we become. Both my drawing and sculpture are made in praise of animals.