SALLY ANN MCKINSEY SISK:
I am interested in ideas of absorption, accommodation, plasticity and adaptability. I use materials that exhibit these characteristics, like clay, sponges, rope, and water balloons, to explore phenomena of accommodation and absorption in the socialization of young women in particular. Largely autobiographical, this work is influenced by my experience growing up in South Carolina and by my professional experience as a clergywoman. The tension between empathetic consideration of others and dissolution of self is at the heart of these explorations. Patterns of socialization, cultural expectations and gender norms imposed on women create a cycle of systemic, and often silent or unrecognized, disempowerment. By placing myself into the work and engaging in endurance exercises or subversively destructive acts, I invite viewers and myself to question and break down some of these cycles.